Japanese gangster caught

AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-National Capital Region Field Unit yesterday morning captured a 61-year old Japanese national wanted for orchestrating the murder of his compatriots in the country, a report to PNP-CIDG chief, Director Amador V. Corpus said.

CIDG-NCR chief, Superintendent Arnold Thomas C. Ibay said that the suspect identified as Kenichirou Kobayashi was arrested along Franco Street in Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City at 6:30 a.m. yesterday by members of the Eastern District Field Unit of the CIDG-NCR on the strength of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Phoeve Meer of the Las Pinas City Regional Trial Court Branch 275 on January 22 last year.

No bail was recommended for the liberty of the suspect, the official said.

According to Ibay, the Japanese national is believed to be the ‘brains’ behind the operations of a the so-called Kirby Tan gun-for-hire group responsible for the killing of two of his compatriots in Las Piñas City: the 1st victim identified as Shinsuke Toba who was gunned down on October 18, 2014 and the 2nd, Tatsuya Nakamura who was shot dead on September 1, 2015.

Members of the gang are said to be notorious ‘contract killers’ who were hired by Kobayashi to kill his two compatriots over their feud over profit-sharing in their business in Japan. The PNP-CIDG is also investigating the involvement of Kobayashi in possible ‘murder-for-insurance’ schemes involving other Japanese nationals in the country.

Ibay said that the suspect, a resident of no. 22 California Village in Bagbag, Novaliches is also the subject of an Interpol Red Notice which authorizes Interpol-member countries to arrest him on sight.

The official said that the Japanese national was taken to the CIDG-NCR headquarters in Pasig City for booking and documentation after being apprised of his constitutional rights.