Man arrested for murdering parents on New Years Eve

Takanao Kambara, 26, of Charleston, West Virginia. [Image credit: South Central Regional Jail and Correctional Facility]


Neighbors called the police on the morning of December 31, 2020 to report that one of their neighbors was acting suspiciously.


26-year-old Takanao Kambara had reportedly been going door to door at one point before beginning to pile paintings up on the roadside across from the residence he shared with his parents, Tsukasa and Claudette, noted to be the State Leader of the Unification Church founded by Sun Myung Moon.


When officers arrived and made contact with him, he informed the officer that there were two dead bodies in the residence and that they "did not die naturally."  Officers entered the residence which had been left open and soon discovered the bodies of his parents, "dead from apparent lacerations."


As the investigation continued, officers found probable cause to charge Kambara with counts of murder.  He has been booked into the South Central Regional Jail and Corrections Facility on two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bond.


In speaking with local reporters, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said, "We have had some domestic situations at that location in the past."


WSAZ reports that Kambara was previously arrested in July 2019 for domestic battery after he punched his father in the face.  Additionally, in November 2018 he was arrested for domestic assault and domestic battery.


In May 2019 investigators sought public assistance locating Kambara after he had been reported missing on April 29. According to the release at the time, "he has a mental illness and his family is concerned about his well being."


WCHS reports that during the investigation, Kambara had told deputies about an implanted chip in his head and that he would find himself doing things that he could not control.


During his arraignment the following day, Kambara was allegedly reluctant to sign documents saying, "After all this craziness, I kind of, like, don't know what to think."


His next court date has been scheduled for January 7.



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