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Suspect arrested in random stabbing death of Japanese chef near Chinatown

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One week after a Vancouver restaurant chef was fatally stabbed in Chinatown, police have made an arrest in the case. As Grace Ke reports, mystery still surrounds what led up to the deadly attack on the Japanese national – Jun 12, 2024

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in the stabbing death of a Japanese chef in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood one week ago.

Wataru Kakiuchi, a Japanese citizen, was found near Main Street and Union Street shortly before 3:30 a.m. on June 5. He died before being taken to hospital.

Timothy Isborn was arrested in the Downtown Eastside on Monday afternoon. He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder.

Investigators said they do not believe Isborn and Kakiuchi knew each other.

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Kakiuchi, 32, was a chef and longtime employee of Hapa Izakaya, a Japanese restaurant in Yaletown.

“(He) was a really bright, positive person,” said Justin Ault, the restaurant’s owner.

“(He) was the type of person no one could dislike.”

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“He was a great musician, a great cook, a great person and friend. He will be sorely missed,” Ault said.

The owner said Kakiuchi was out with other co-workers in Gastown on the night of his death. At the end of the night, Kakiuchi was supposed to catch a taxi home to Burnaby.

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