DNA detected on a cigarette butt recovered from a murder scene in Osaka last year has been matched to a 37-year-old man, who was arrested in March for allegedly robbing a convenience store, police said Wednesday.
Police are now investigating if the man, who was arrested and indicted for robbing some 50,000 yen in cash from the store in the city of Osaka, was involved in the murder of cab driver Toshiharu Goto, 67, they said.
Goto was found murdered in his cab with stab wounds on his neck in Higashiosaka on Dec 29. His proceeds were also stolen. Police are also investigating if another taxi robbery case in Matsubara, Osaka, in January was committed by the same culprit in the Higashiosaka case as they see similarities in the two cases. In Matsubara, a 61-year-old driver was seriously injured Jan 5 and was robbed 25,000 yen in cash© Japan Today