RIO DE JANEIRO – One of four suspects in the killing of an Argentine tourist in the Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro fled to Spain a few hours after the crime, authorities said Thursday.
The fugitive has been identified as Valterson Ferreira, alias “Toddy Cantuaria,” a 28-year-old former member of the Pagode band Karametade, Rio de Janeiro state’s Civil Police force said.
Ferreira is one of four suspects accused of beating and killing 28-year-old futsal player Matias Sebastian Carena in a fight pitting a group of three Argentines against four Brazilians outside a nightclub in the upscale, tourist neighborhood of Ipanema in the wee hours of Sunday.
Brazilian authorities already have informed the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), which will include the fugitive suspect on its wanted persons list, Rodrigo Brand of the Civil Police’s Homicide Department said at a press conference.
Ferreira threw the punch that caused the Argentine to fall, hit his head against a cement structure on the ground and die as a result of a traumatic brain injury, according to investigators.
One of the Brazilians hit Careno with his crutches when he was on the ground, Argentine media reported, citing witness testimony.
Carena was apparently a frequent visitor to Rio de Janeiro and had a girlfriend in the city.
Brand said surveillance footage showed that a taxi picked up Ferreira minutes after the fight and took him to his house and then to the airport.
“He departed for Sao Paulo at 11:40 am (Sunday) and went on to Madrid from there,” he said.
Besides the arrest order for Ferreira, three other warrants have been issued for Pedro Henrique Marciano, alias “PH”; Julio Cesar Godinho; and Thiago Noroes Lessa, alias “Kadu Lessa.”
Police say they have not yet been able to locate any of the suspects at their homes or the places they frequent in the city.