Ichihashi Arrested, 10 Million Yen Reward to be Paid
11, 11. 2009
Tatsuya Ichihashi, the only suspect in the murder of British woman in 2007, was arrested on November 10 2009. The 30-year-old Ichihashi allegedly abandoned a body, and has escaped since March 2007.
Ichihashi was found at a ferry terminal in Osaka, where he tried to board a vessel to Okinawa. During his days on the run for more than 2 and a half years, he has undergone cosmetic surgery for several times. After he had a nose job at a clinic in Nagoya in this October, a photograph of his post-plastic-surgery face was widely released by police. He visited a clinic in Fukuoka before that, but he was refused to have a surgery as he did not make an appointment.
It is reported that Ichihashi had worked at a construction company in Osaka for more than a year until October, and lived in constructor's dormitory.
In March 2007, British woman Lindsay Ann Hawker found dead, buried in a bathtub on a balcony of Ichihashi's apartment in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture. Ichihashi fled from police while being questioned. He was on a nationwide wanted list, and police posted a 10 million yen reward for information leading to his arrest. According to several news sources, the reward will be paid highly probably, and 10 million yen will be split if there are more than one providers of important information.
Soon after the arrest, Ichihashi was sent to Chiba from Osaka at late night in November 10. It is reported that he did not want to say anything about the incident to police.