June 5, 2012- Naoko Kikuchi had been waiting for this day for nearly 17 years. The woman had been wanted by authorities for allegedly aiding in producing the nerve gas the cult she was a member of used in a subway attack in 1995 in Tokyo. The attack killed 13 and injured over 6,000. The cult amassed huge arsenals of biological, chemical and conventional weapons anticipating a showdown with authorities.
Kikuchi was arrested on Sunday after changing her identify multiple times and moving every two to three years for the last 17 years. The 40-year old was seen in Sagamihara about 20 miles outside of Tokyo, where she said she had been living for two years. When police officers approached, she admitted who she really was.
Prior to her arrest, she and only one other member of the cult wanted for murder was still at large. She admitted to making the sarin, but told authorities she did not know what the substance was when she helped make it.
She said she hid her identity and used a number of aliases for the past 17 years. She also said she was somewhat relieved that she had been caught as she was always on the run and now she does not have to feel that way any longer.
Her live-in companion turned himself in to authorities on Monday and was charged with harboring a fugitive.