Japanese police caught Katsuya Takahashi, the last remaining fugitive of the Aum Shinrikyo cult that carried out the 1995 sarin-gas attack on the Tokyo subway, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Takahashi, 54, was apprehended in a coffee shop in Tokyo's Ota ward around 9:15 a.m. today, the report said. Police are planning to formally arrest him on charges including murder, according to NHK.
The capture ends a 17-year manhunt for the last three suspects in a spree of violence by Aum members that culminated in the sarin attack on Tokyo's subway lines, which killed 12 people and sickened thousands. The attack helped shatter postwar myths of a united, peaceful Japan and prompted tougher public security laws.
Takahashi's fellow suspect Naoko Kikuchi, 40, was apprehended on the outskirts of Tokyo on June 3, while police arrested Makoto Hirata, 47, on Jan. 1.
The cult's founder, Shoko Asahara, has been sentenced to death for at least 27 murders attributed to the group. The 57- year-old Asahara, born Chizuo Matsumoto, was the 12th Aum member sentenced to hang for the attacks and has exhausted all his appeals.
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