International Manhunt For Boyfriend Suspected Of Stabbing Deaths Of Brooklyn Mom, Daughter

As police investigate a grisly double homicide in Brooklyn where a mother and daughter were found stabbed to death in an apartment late Sunday, detectives have launched an international manhunt for the longtime boyfriend of one of the victims.

Cops arrived the Neck Road Arms apartment building, located at 2299 East 13th Street near Gravesend Neck Road, at about 11:15 p.m. to check on a 27-year-old Larisa Prikhodko, who was reported missing by the father of her 3-year-old son after she failed to pick up their child.

No one answered the door when officers knocked on Larisa's third floor apartment. Soon afterward, they learned neither she nor her 56-year-old mother Tatyana Prikhodko appeared for their weekend shifts at area hospitals.

Officers then went to Larisa's mother's apartment, who lived on the sixth floor of the same building.

When they broke down the door, officers made their gruesome discovery -- the young woman and her mother stabbed to death.

Cops say Larisa was stabbed multiple times in the torso and found just inside the apartment. Her mother was found in the bedroom with her throat slashed and stabbed multiple times in her torso and face.

Several bloody knives were found inside the sixth floor apartment and there were no signs of forced entry. Responding EMS workers declared both women dead at the scene.

PIX 11 News also learned a new security system was installed at the Neck Road Arms just one week ago that requires visitors to phone the resident, who can then buzz them into the apartment building.

Although no arrests have been made, according to police, but Tatyana's longtime live-in boyfriend Nikolai Rakossi, 52, has become a prime suspect.

They fear Rakossi, a Russian national with no previous arrests in the United States, may have already fled the country on an old one-way ticket back to his homeland. Reports say he may have boarded his flight at JFK International Airport.

The building's surveillance cameras showed Rakossi exiting the apartment building with two suitcases at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Area airports were still put on alert for the man.

A medical examiner will determine the exact cause and time of the womens' deaths, though reports say the murders may have occurred on Saturday.

Neighbors told PIX 11 News they heard some commotion and sounds of a fight come from the apartment over the weekend.

Larisa worked as a maternity ward nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Tatyana worked as a nurse at Brookdale University Hospital.

Rakossi was a handyman who bought distressed apartments and re-habbed them to make a living.

Rustam Zaripov, who manages the Russian Baths where Rakossi is a regular customer, said, "He's a very good guy."  Zaripov said he didn't drink too much, played chess well and wrote poetry. He served in the Russian army in Africa, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

 However, Zaripov said that Rakossi was deeply affected by the unexpected death of a good friend the week before.

Mourners left a memorial of candles and flowers in the apartment building's lobby for the slain mother and daughter.

"I only want the world to know how beautiful and nice she was," a distraught neghbor told PIX 11 News, "It's a real, real tragedy and loss."


Kirstin Cole contributed to this report.

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