Police Search Kyoto Arson Suspect's Apartment in Saitama


Saitama, July 26 (Jiji Press)--Police on Friday searched the apartment in Saitama, eastern Japan, of the 41-year-old suspect of last week's arson attack that killed 34 people at a Kyoto Animation Co. studio.

The search lasted about three hours. Kyoto prefectural police members came out from the apartment with boxes believed to contain confiscated materials, including what appeared damaged tube-shaped audio equipment, and loaded them into police vehicles.

The police will analyze the confiscated materials to understand how the July 18 attack happened and what might have driven the suspect, Shinji Aoba.

A man living next to Aoba's unit told reporters that he had trouble with the suspect late at night on July 14.

Aoba banged on the wall between the two apartments, and the neighbor came out. Aoba grabbed him by the shirt and shouted, "I'll kill you. I have nothing to lose," according to the neighbor.

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