Police ignored sarin gas attacker's attempts to surrender

A Tokyo police officer originally ignored an attempt by Makato Hirata to surrender himself on Saturday for charges relating to a 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack.
According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, the officer thought the surrender was a prank. The officer told Hirata to go to another police station because he looked different from his wanted photo, UPI reports.
"I thought it was a joke," the officer said, according to UPI.
Hirata was wanted on kidnapping and murder charges as a senior member of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult. The cult was responsible for the 1995 nerve gas attack that killed at least 13 people.

Hirata attempted to turn himself into the riot police officer on Saturday night at the main entrance of the Metropolitan Police Department.
"I'm Hirata," Tokyo police quoted the man as saying, according to UPI. "I'm turning myself in."
The officer told Hirata to go to the Marunouchi Police Station, which was located approximately half a mile away. Hirata allegedly tried to convince the officer he was who he claimed to be by telling the officer he was on a special wanted list. When it seemed like the officer was ignoring him, Hirata went to the other police station where he was promptly arrested.