One Suspect in Roppongi Club Murder Released Without Charge

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that one of the men arrested over the beating to death of Ryosuke Fujimoto, 31, in a Roppongi club last September has been released.

In total, eight former members of the Kanto Rengo biker gang, including its leader, 31-year-old Taichi Ishimoto, were arrested for Fujimoto’s murder at Club Flower on Sept 2 of last year. A group of 10 men in masks walked into the club in the early morning hours and, without a word, beat Fujimoto to death with metal pipes and aluminum bats.

Fuji TV reported that the 28-year-old suspect who was released, had been arrested for allegedly preparing the murder weapons. He was caught on nearby store security cameras making contact with the attackers shortly before the incident took place. The Tokyo District Court says it has asked investigators to investigate the man’s involvement further before deciding on whether or not there is a case against him.

A total of 17 arrest warrants were issued in relation to the case.