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Larisa Prikhodko, 26, and Her Mother, Tatyana, Fatally Stabbed in Brooklyn


After the jump: Updates on the case about the suspect, a “Russian ‘Rambo'” who served in the Russian Army special ops, his departure to Russia, his chance of being apprehended, and the apartment he left “full of empty booze bottles.”

As New York legislators advocate for a domestic violence registry, there comes news of another brutal murder in the city, with the boyfriend of one of the victims being sought by police as a “person of interest.” Larisa Prikhodko, 28, and her mother, Tatyana Prikhodko, 56, were found fatally stabbed in their apartment in Sheepshead Bay this morning. Larisa was a nurse who worked at Mount Sinai and the mother of a three-year-old son; her mother, Tatyana, was a nurse at Brookdale Hospital. The two both worked in maternity units, reports the New York Post.

Both bodies were found in the apartment where Tatyana lived with her boyfriend (Larisa lived downstairs). The father of Larisa’s child apparently became concerned when she didn’t pick the boy up, and called police, who found everything in her apartment in order — but discovered the bodies of the women, both stabbed repeatedly in the face and torso, in Tatyana’s upstairs apartment, along with several bloody knives. Officials believe the two were killed on Saturday.

There was no sign of forced entry, though the Wall Street Journal says that “investigators believe the apartment bore the marks of a brutal struggle.” The cops are now looking for Tatyana’s boyfriend Nikolai Rakossi, 52, whom they fear may have already fled to Russia.

Update 1: Via the New York Post, Rakossi was seen on surveillance video fleeing the apartment building on Sunday with two suitcases. He “rushed to Kennedy Airport, where he traded in an unused ticket to Russia from last year for a one-way flight to Moscow, boarded the plane and took off,” according to police sources. An NYPD detective in Eastern Europe and Interpol have been alerted.

Though an argument was heard from the couple’s apartment over the weekend, there was apparently no record of violence between Rakossi and Tatyana, and Larisa’s young son was said to have called Rakossi “Grandfather.”

Update 2: The Daily News spoke with a taxi dispatcher who said that Rakossi, who had a scratched face and bandaged nose, told his cab driver to JFK, “I have to fly right away. My wife is sick.” Rakossi, who according to the driver seemed nervous, said he was headed to Kaluga, a city outside of Moscow where he reportedly has a home. Rakossi has been described by friends as a Russian “Rambo” and served with Russian Army special ops, making some doubt that he will ever be found. Further,

“According to the Russian constitution, Russian citizens can’t be extradited to [a] foreign country,” Yevgeniy Khorishko, spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Washington, told The Post.

Update 3: With Rakossi “safely” in Russia, the Post covers the life he left behind. Rakossi had apparently recently lost his job as a day laborer and “lost his mind” before the killings of the Prikhodkos. Also, he may have been a drinker: Cops told neighbors of an apartment left “littered with vodka bottles”; the Post speculates that “The vodka made him psycho.”

A agent at JFK’s Aeroflot counter who sold Rakossi a ticket said that he paid approximately $1,600 in cash and that it looked like his right hand and nose were broken — and that he hadn’t taken a shower.

Originally posted Monday, Apr. 18, at 6:22 p.m.

Cops want to question mom’s boyfriend in Brooklyn mother, daughter fatal stabbings [NYP]
Mother, Daughter Killed in Brooklyn Stabbing [WSJ]
Mom & daughter in slay horror [NYP]
Suspect in Brooklyn double fatal stabbing left vodka bottles before fleeing [NYP]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 21, 2011

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