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Possible sighting(s) of Ichihashi in Ikebukuro / New images on police site

On the heels of the latest wanted poster released by Gyotoku Police comes news of possible sightings of Lindsay Ann Hawker murder suspect1 Tatsuya Ichihashi in Tokyo's Ikebukuro2 district.

An (unnamed) female resident of Ikebukuro recounted the police's visit to her apartment last week in today's issue of pseudo-tabloid newspaper Nikkan Gendai.

"Two plain-clothed detectives visited my apartment last Wednesday at around 9pm. They were handing out flyers and warned me that 'There's a possibility Ichihashi is hanging around this area. He has a tendency to approach women, so please be careful.' The visit surprised me so I called my friend and she said the cops had been going door to door at restaurants and bars in Ikebukuro doing the same thing. When I stepped outside, a bunch of patrol cars drove by."

The Ikebukuro theory is the latest of possible Tokyo hideouts that include the Tokyo Bay area3 and the gay quarters of Shinjuku's 2-chome district (please see the July 31st 2007 entry).

Today Gyotoku Police updated their page on Ichihashi for the second time in two weeks, featuring the sketch Ichihashi made of Hawker on March 21 2007, 5 days prior to the discovery of Hawker's body. There are also photos of the articles of clothing Ichihashi dropped during his shoeless escape.

How nobody noticed which direction a 180cm tall, barefoot man on the run went in the minutes and hours directly after the escape remains a mystery.

1 Although Ichihashi is the prime suspect in Lindsay Hawker's murder, the official crime he is listed as being suspected of is "illegal disposal of a dead body," which is often the first charge in a murder case.

2 Ikebukuro happens to be very close to where this blog originates from.

3 I had not previously read or heard of the Tokyo Bay area theory until its mention in today's Nikkan Gendai article.

Article Source: Original article and commentary based on information and quotes from Yahoo! Japan News, March 18th 2008, 10:00am (Tokyo), originally published in Nikkan Gendai (article not available online). Unfortunately there is no guarantee as to how long original Japanese language articles remain archived online for free.

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