Japan doomsday cultist, Katsuya Takahashi, arrested 17 years after deadly subway gas attack

His trail cold for years, the last fugitive suspected in a doomsday cult’s deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subways in 1995 was caught at a comic book cafe Friday, closing a chapter on Japan’s worst terrorist attack.

He had altered his appearance and reportedly used a fake name and avoided meeting people to evade arrest, but Katsuya Takahashi admitted who he was when approached by police at the cafe in downtown Tokyo.

The former bodyguard for the Aum Shinrikyo cult leader, Takahashi had been on Japan’s most wanted list for years for his suspected participation in the sarin gas attack that killed 13 people and injured about 6,000, shattering Japan’s long-held sense of safety.

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Final Aum Shinrikyo Sarin Gas Attack Fugitive Traced to Kawasaki

Katsuya Takahashi, the last Aum Shinrikyo fugitive still on the run for the 1995 sarin attack on the Tokyo subway system, probably lived in a Kawasaki apartment under the name Shinya Sakurai until late last year and may still be in the city, investigative sources said Tuesday.

A security camera in Kawasaki recorded footage of a man resembling Takahashi between Sunday and Tuesday, police said.

They plan to search the Kawasaki apartment for evidence soon and will continue questioning cult fugitive Naoko Kikuchi, 40, who was arrested Sunday in connection with the deadly nerve gas attack, and Hiroto Takahashi, 41, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of harboring her at a home in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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