The stabbing man on the Tokyo subway dressed up as a clown

JapanKyota Hattori dressed as the villain Joker, making the passengers on the train think he was a Halloween party, until he brandished a knife.

Tokyo police said that suspect Kyota Hattori, 24, took the Keio train to Tokyo’s Shinjuku station on October 31. He wears a green shirt, blue vest, and purple overcoat like the Joker, the villain in the Batman movie.

Hattori’s costume made many passengers on the train think he was going to a Halloween costume event. However, when the train neared Kokuryo station, Hattori suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed a 70-year-old man in the right chest on a chair.

He then swung his knife and slashed wildly, injuring several passengers and causing everyone to run around. Hattori also poured an oil-like liquid from a plastic bottle onto the floor and set it on fire, setting the seat on fire.

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Passengers fled when the attacker set fire to the train. Video: Twitter/Terror Alarm.

A photo on social media shows the suspect sitting cross-legged and smoking inside a train carriage, apparently after carrying out the attack. Hattori was later arrested by police at the scene and is being investigated for attempted murder. The suspect told police that he wanted to kill people and received the death penalty.

The Tokyo Fire Department said 17 passengers were injured in the attack, including three seriously, but not all of them were stabbed. It is not clear what caused the remaining 16 people to be injured.

Suspect Kyota Hattori smokes in a train carriage in Tokyo, Japan on October 31.  Photo: Kyodo.

Suspect Kyota Hattori smokes in a train carriage in Tokyo, Japan on October 31. Photo: Kyodo.

This is the second stabbing incident on Tokyo’s subway in the past three months. A 38-year-old man stabbed 10 passengers on a train in Tokyo on August 7. The suspect later surrendered and said he wanted to attack happy-looking women.

Shootings are rare in Japan, but the country has many fatal stabbings. In 2019, a man armed with two knives attacked a group of girls waiting at a bus stop on the outskirts of Tokyo, killing two and injuring 17. The suspect then committed suicide.

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