Police in Tokyo said Saturday that several of the men wanted for questioning in connection with a Roppongi nightclub murder earlier this month, left Japan shortly after the incident.
On Sept 2, a gang of 10 men wearing ski masks came into the club Flower at about 3:40 a.m. Some were brandishing metal bats and attacked a 31-year-old man who was drinking with friends.
The attack lasted about 1-2 minutes, witnesses said. The gang left immediately after the assault and got away in two vehicles, police said. The victim, who was identified as Ryosuke Fujimoto, was taken to hospital with severe head injuries, but was pronounced dead.
Surveillance camera footage showed members of the gang getting out of their vehicles before entering the club and showed the vehicles leaving after the attack.
Police this week announced that several of the men they had planned to question in connection with the incident left Japan, one after another, in the days following the murder, TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today