The man arrested for a stabbing rampage in Tokyo’s Akihabara district that left seven dead and 10 injured Sunday reportedly outlined his deadly plans online.
Tomohiro Kato, 25, allegedly posted this message on a website from his mobile phone as he drove a rented truck from Shizuoka prefecture to Tokyo: “I will kill people in Akihabara…. I want to crash the vehicle and, if it becomes useless, I will then use a knife. Goodbye, everyone.”
Kato is accused of driving a two-ton truck into the crowded street of the popular comics and electronics district, injuring three, then exiting the vehicle while holding a knife and randomly attacking anyone standing in his way.
After stabbing a police officer who tried to talk him down, Kato was later captured by an officer who briefly fought him off with a nightstick before pulling out his pistol, causing Kato to drop his weapon.
“I am tired of life,” Kato later told police. “I came to Akihabara to kill people. It didn’t matter who they were. I came alone.”
With the incident happening in Tokyo’s otaku district, people are trying to find some sort of link between the killer’s actions and otaku culture. TV reports have been showing a sketch (pictured right) Kato made of a character from the RPG series Tales of Destiny in his class yearbook.
Stabbing rampage in Akihabara [Tokyo]: 7 people killed [Japan Probe]