Police search house of stabbing suspect
Japanese police have searched the home of the suspect in a mass stabbing spree that left 19 people dead at a facility for the mentally disabled. The suspect, Satoshi Uematsu, 26, was transferred yesterday from a police station to the prosecutor’s office in Yokohama. The attacker left dead or injured nearly a third of the approximately 150 patients at the facility in a matter of 40 minutes on Tuesday. The fire department said 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously. Uematsu turned himself into police about two hours after the pre-dawn attack in Sagamihara, a city about 50km west of central Tokyo. He had worked at the facility until February, when he delivered a letter to Parliament outlining a plan to attack two facilities for the handicapped and saying all disabled people should be put to death. At his house in Sagamihara, police took in cardboard boxes to carry out any evidence. Parts of the property were sealed off with yellow police tape. Official said the dead were 10 women and nine men, ranging in age from 19 to 70. All those killed were residents of the facility.
SUSPECT: Satoshi Uematsu