Portuguese authorities arrested a man caught with “suspicious meat” in his luggage believed to be the human remains his alleged murder victim, Fox News and other outlets reported.
“He was wearing clothes with blood on them and had a package containing pieces of meat,” a spokesman for the Portuguese Borders and Immigration Service told the Daily Mail.
Begoleã Mendes Fernandes, 26, is a Brazilian man who resides in the Netherlands. He flew from Amsterdam to Lisbon on February 28. He was on a layover in Lisbon on his way to Belo Horizonte in Brazil when authorities detained him.
Authorities initially held him at the border over concerns about the legality of an Italian ID card he presented. When Portuguese officials contacted the authorities in the Netherlands, they discovered he was wanted on suspicion of killing 21-year-old Alan Lopes in Amsterdam on February 26.
Police reportedly sent Fernandes to Hospital de Santa Maria in Lisbon to evaluate an injury to his hand.
“He was initially detained over suspicions he was traveling on falsified documents before it was subsequently discovered he was suspected of committing a homicide in the Netherlands the day before,” the spokesman also told the outlet.
Fernandes was reportedly carrying a plastic bag with “pieces of meat” the police will analyze at a specialty lab. The Portuguese source Fox News cited declined to comment on the allegations of cannibalism.
The police suspect “cannibal practices” where involved, according to Portuguese newspaper JN cited by Fox News.
The alleged victim, Alan Lopes, was the “victim of a violent crime,” Fox News reported. The Politie Eenheid Amsterdam found his body in the home he shared with his mother and sisters, who were not present the night of the murder.
“On Monday afternoon a 25-year-old man was arrested at the airport in Lisbon in collaboration with the Portuguese authorities and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee,” said a spokesman for the Dutch police quoted by Daily Mail.
“The man is suspected of having been involved in the death of a 21-year-old man who was found in a home on Vegasstraat in North Amsterdam on the evening of Sunday February 26,” the Dutch police spokesman also said.
Lopes might have given Fernandes shelter, as Fernandes was reportedly homeless before meeting Lopes, according to Fox News.
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