A Brazilian man has been placed on Osaka Police’s most wanted list after he allegedly murdered his wife and toddler daughter at their home in Japan before fleeing the country.
Osaka Prefectural Police listed fugitive Barbosa Anderson Robson, 33, as wanted on Wednesday, 31st August, after he allegedly stabbed his wife and toddler daughter to death.
Robson was accused of knifing 29-year-old Manami Aramaki and their daughter – identified only as Lily, aged three – in the chest and neck before leaving Japan for his home country.
He was named as the prime suspect based on evidence at the crime scene and after officers discovered a bloodstained kitchen knife in the room where the mother and daughter were found lying on the floor.
An autopsy later revealed that both Manami and her daughter died instantly from their stab wounds.
The incident, according to reports, happened in the family’s apartment in the city of Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, sometime between 20th and 21st August.
The couple had reportedly married three years ago and had moved in together about two months before the alleged murder.
CCTV footage revealed that after fleeing the crime scene, Robson took a train from the nearest station and travelled to Namba, Osaka city.
He then allegedly bought a plane ticket to his native Brazil and left Japan via Narita International Airport, located east of Tokyo, the following night.
The suspected crime came to light when Manami’s father called the police on Saturday, 24th August, after he was unable to reach his daughter by phone for two days.
Local media reported that Robson had also called his workplace on 22nd August, saying: “I injured myself in a bicycle accident and I’ll take two weeks’ leave.”
An acquaintance told local media: “I’m shocked because he was an earnest worker and never took days off without notice.”
The investigation is ongoing.