A Brazilian is suspected of murdering his 29-year-old wife and three-year-old daughter in Japan and fleeing back to Brazil, Japanese authorities said. The case took place between August 20 and 21, in a housing project in the Higashi neighborhood of Sakai city.
Osaka Prefectural Police released images of Anderson Robson Barbosa, 33, named as the main suspect in the crime. According to Japanese newspaper The Mainichi, the organization is considering registering him as an international fugitive.
Manami Aramaki, 29, and Lily, 3, died after being stabbed in the chest and neck in their apartment. In the room, where the bodies of the victims were, the police found a kitchen knife stained with blood.
The death was discovered after Manami’s father called the police on August 24, saying he had not been able to contact her daughter or husband since August 22.
Police believe Barbosa fled back to Brazil after the crime.
According to a source heard by the Japanese newspaper, Barbosa called the place where he worked twice on August 22, claiming to have been injured after a bicycle accident. At the time, he even asked for a two-week leave of absence. Since then, he has not been seen again.
Through security camera footage, the police identified that the Brazilian took a train on the morning of August 21.
He would have spent time in Nanba, in Osaka, and then bought a plane ticket returning to Brazil. Investigations confirmed that Barbosa boarded at Narita International Airport, east of Tokyo, the following night.
According to the Japanese newspaper, Barbosa and Manami had been married for about three years and had lived in the apartment where the crime took place for two months.
The Brazilian is on the run and no lawyer on his behalf has presented himself to Brazilian or Japanese authorities.