Joker mask attacker “wanted to kill a lot of people”, Japanese police say
A man dressed as Batman’s Joker, who allegedly attacked a Tokyo train over the weekend, told law enforcement he “wanted to kill a lot of people.”
Kyota Hattori, 24, told police after his arrest “I wanted to kill a lot of people, I wanted the death penalty”, according to Reuters.
Hattori, dressed in a multi-colored Joker outfit, allegedly attacked several people who were boarding trains on Halloween.
Hattori told officials he chose to lead the attack on Halloween because he knew crowds of people would be taking the train. He reportedly left his hotel on Saturday afternoon to travel by train to Tokyo’s Shibuya district, famous for its Halloween street party, Reuters noted.
During the incident, Hattori allegedly started a fire in the train car, forcing people to flee the train through windows, Reuters reported.
Hattori revealed to investigators that “things weren’t going well with work and friends,” causing her to quit her job in Fukuoka City. He reportedly started moving east until he moved to Tokyo a month ago.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito stressed the need for rail companies to work to prevent further attacks.
“Trains are essential to the life of society, and it is extremely important to be able to feel safe when using them,” he added.