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Brazilian man fatally stabbed by masked intruder at home in central Japan

The area near the scene of the attack, which was blocked off, is seen in Kikugawa, Shizuoka Prefecture, shortly after 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2020. (Mainichi/Yukina Furukawa)
Yoshimi Kusugaya, left, head of Kikugawa Police Station in Shizuoka Prefecture, gives an outline of the fatal attack following the establishment of an investigation headquarters, at the station in the city of Kikugawa on Feb. 18, 2020. (Mainichi/Yukina Furukawa)

SHIZUOKA -- A Brazilian man was stabbed to death by a masked intruder after returning to his home in the city of Kikugawa in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka on the evening of Feb. 17, police said.

Police said that the 44-year-old victim, Marcos de Souza, arrived home from work at about 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 when he was knifed by a masked man. His 43-year-old Brazilian wife, who stepped in to stop the attacker, suffered cuts to her arms, among other injuries.

After the assailant left the scene, de Souza was taken to a hospital, but he died about one hour, 20 minutes later. His wife sustained light injuries.

Shizuoka Prefectural Police have set up an investigation headquarters at Kikugawa Police Station and are searching for the attacker on suspicion of murder.

Prefectural police said that de Souza was stabbed several times. His wife rushed to his aid after hearing a scuffle, stopping the attack. The assailant reportedly walked away from the scene, and de Souza's wife had the boss at her workplace alert police. She was quoted as saying she did not know the attacker.

De Souza lived with his wife and two children. The children were at home at the time, but were not injured.

The attacker was reportedly dressed in black. Police are analyzing security camera images in the area and are trying to identify the assailant.

The area where the attack occurred is a residential district about 8 kilometers south of JR Kikugawa Station.

(Japanese original by Yukina Furukawa, Shizuoka Bureau)

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