A Japanese man accused of killing 19 patients at a facility for the disabled near Tokyo is taken from a regional jail for talks with prosecutors.
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A Japanese man accused of breaking into a facility for the mentally and physically disabled in a small town near Tokyo before stabbing and killing 19 patients was taken from a regional jail to see prosecutors on Wednesday (July 27). Satoshi Uematsu, the 26-year-old suspect and former employee of the facility, was sent from the town of Sagamihara, about 45 km (25 miles) southwest of Tokyo, to the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office in Kanagawa prefecture. Dozens of other residents were wounded in Tuesday's early-morning attack at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility for the disabled in Sagamihara. Uematsu, who gave himself up to police after Japan's worst mass killing in decades, said in letters he wrote in February that he could "obliterate 470 disabled people", Kyodo news agency reported. Information about Uematsu is still emerging, but interviews with neighbours and posts on his Twitter account paint a picture of an outwardly polite young man who became obsessed with the people being cared for at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility.