By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A German tourist died after he had been stabbed by robbers when returning to his hotel in Rio de Janeiro’s Centro with his wife on Tuesday afternoon, February 17th. The visitors were in town to enjoy the city’s Carnival celebrations.
The couple was attacked by two people in Rua Uruguaiana near Largo de São Francisco after leaving a Presbyterian church on Tuesday afternoon. First reports stated that the victim had resisted the assailants and fought with them, so they attacked him with a knife. However, Globo’s Extra now reports that he was stabbed when trying to hand his camera over.
The victim suffered two stabs, one which pierced his heart leading to his death later when brought to the hospital. His wife suffered injuries to her arm when trying to protect her husband.
The thieves took a backpack with around R$100, the couple’s hotel card and the camera. So far, they have not been found and a first suspect that had been arrested, was cleared by the wife as not being one of the assailants. The police is continuing the search and are currently looking for street cameras that might have recorded the attack.
According to the police corps of the area, this type of attack is common in the region. Rio’s Centro can get deserted after working hours and on holidays, making it unsafe to wander.
During the days of Carnival, more than 15,500 policemen are on watch in Rio de Janeiro, which so far had been reported as fairly calm.