Police arrested 49-year-old food factory worker Toshiki Abe for lacing food with pesticide, reports Yomiuri Online. Prior to his arrest, the suspect was apparently known for something else: One Piece cosplay.
After the poisoning was discovered, food company Maruha Nichiro Holdings recalled over six million packages of food late last month, notes News.Com.Au. As many as 2800 people in Japan complained of mild poisoning symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhoea, after eating the food products believed to be poisoned. Complaints first started in November, and Abe allegedly poisoned food at the factory where he worked on four occasions last October.
The Japanese media is now reporting that the suspect was well-known in his home town for wearing One Piece duds. In Gunma Prefecture, where the factory was located, Abe was often spotted at the local shopping centre, dressed as an Admiral from One Piece. Here's the costume he often wore:
The back of the coat reads, "Justice" (正義 or "seigi").
And here are photos of him out and about. No wonder he was apparently known as "The Old Admiral Dude".
Jiji Press reports that Abe moved to Gunma Prefecture years ago with his wife and son. Neighbours said they never had any trouble with Abe -- that he helped with cleaning up the neighbourhood and appeared to be a hard worker. One neighbour, however, recalled that Abe apparently would blast "superhero music" from his motorcycle.
Abe has denied poisoning the food.