Japan murder suspect 'asked strangers for money'

Japan murder suspect 'asked strangers for money'
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KUMAGAYA, Saitama - The Peruvian man suspected of killing six people might have been in a financial pinch, police have suggested, as a man who resembled him was twice seen begging strangers for money on Sunday, one day before he is alleged to have committed the first of the murders.

The Saitama prefectural police are now investigating the possibility that Nakada Ludena Vayron Jonathan committed a series of illegal acts for money.

Nakada, 30, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful entry. But he is also suspected of having killed a total of six people - including two primary school girls - on Monday and Wednesday in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture.

Nakada ramained in a coma after jumping from the second floor of a house where he allegedly murdered a mother and her two daughters.

A 69-year-old man in Kumagaya said he made a report to the local police on Sunday about a foreigner believed to be Nakada, a day before the Peruvian man allegedly committed the first murder.

The Kumagaya resident said he saw the foreign man at about 12:50 p.m. on the day, standing in front of the front door of his house. He quoted the man as saying: "Call the police," "I want to go to my sister's house in Kanagawa Prefecture," and "I have no [money]," while showing him the inside of his wallet.

The police took the foreign man to Kumagaya Police Station following the report about his suspicious behaviour, but he fled at about 3:30 p.m. while police were waiting for an interpreter.

A 36-year-old company employee, who lives near the house where the mother and the daughters were killed, has said that at around 5:30 p.m., about two hours after the man fled from the police station, a foreigner begged him for money in front of his home.

After he declined to give him any money, the man tried to open the door of his car. But, the man then ran away after the resident told him to stop, the resident said.

After coming to Japan in April 2005, Nakada had registered at temporary staffing companies and other places. He moved from place to place across various regions including Kanto, Kansai, Kyushu and Tokai.

Lately, he had been working at a factory in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, putting food into bento boxes for convenience stores and supermarkets.

Last Saturday, a day before Nakada was reported to police for suspicious behaviour, he called the firm saying he would quit the factory job.

Nakada told the company that he was being hunted by men in suits. He did not go to the factory on the day, the company said.

After he was taken to the police station Sunday, he telephoned his sister saying that he wanted to return to Peru, the police said.

His sister was quoted as telling the police that Nakada seemed to be under a lot of stress.

Nakada lived in a double room at the factory's dormitory. His roommate said Nakada left without his belongings.

"He was not good at speaking Japanese," said an official at the temporary staffing service. "But he worked properly. He seemed to be a serious person."

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