Fugitive wanted for murder of 2 Japanese countrymen arrested by CIDG

Published March 15, 2019, 5:35 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Martin Sadongdong

A Japanese man, who is wanted for allegedly killing two of his countrymen in 2014 and 2015, was finally apprehended by the police in Quezon City on Friday after years of hiding.

Elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) nabbed Kenichirou Kobayashi, 61, who had temporarily resided in California Village, Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.


According to a report from Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, CIDG director, Kobayashi was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Phoeve Meer of the Las Pinas City Regional Trial Court Branch 275, on Jan. 22, 2018.

No bail was recommended for Kobayashi.

Corpus said Kobayashi has been the subject of months-long surveillance operation before investigators finally spotted him along Franco Street, Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City around 6:30 a.m.

The CIDG director said Kobayashi was the mastermind behind the shooting to death of Shinsuke Toba on Oct. 18, 2014, and Tatsuya Nakamura on Sept. 1, 2015. Both incidents happened in Las Pinas City.

The suspect allegedly hired the Kirby Tan gun-for-hire group to kill his countrymen, according to police.

Kobayashi’s name was also put on the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol)’s Blue Notice.

An Interpol Blue Notice is issued when a member-country is either seeking the location of a person linked to a criminal investigation, identifying someone who is connected to a criminal investigation, finding witnesses to a criminal act, or locating friends, relatives, or associates of offenders or suspected offenders.

Corpus said Kobayashi has been apprised of his constitutional rights and nature of his arrest.

He was brought to the CIDG headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City for documentation and proper disposition.