Brazilian police arrested a Cuban on Thursday in the state of Minas Gerais as the alleged killer of Brent Sikkemaa, a colleague of an art gallery in New York, whose body was found on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.
The body of the co-owner of the gallery, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 75, was found with stab wounds by members of the Rio Fire Department on the night of January 15 in an apartment he owned in a wealthy neighborhood, as revealed by the Brazilian press.
In an interview with a local radio, the director of the Homicide Department of the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro, Felipe Curi, confirmed that the suspect is Alejandro Triana Trévez, 30 years old and of Cuban nationality.
The prisoner, who has a provisional detention order, was found by the police at a gas station located between the cities of Uberlândia and Uberaba with 3,000 dollars (equivalent to more than 14,000 reais), according to a statement from the Civil Police . from Rio de Janeiro.
The alleged killer would have traveled from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro to commit the crime, where he watched over Sikkema’s house for 14 hours before taking action.
The Homicide Police Station in Rio de Janeiro explained that the images captured by the security cameras located outside the house in Sikkema facilitated the identification of the suspect, who was arrested with the collaboration of the Federal Highway Police and the Civil Police. in São Paulo.
The Cuban stayed in the house for about 15 minutes, and when he left, he took some gloves and put them in his pocket.according to security cameras in the area.
After leaving the gallery owner’s house, the suspect returned to Sao Paulo and traveled to the neighboring state of Minas Gerais, where he was arrested.
Brent Sikkema’s body was taken by firefighters to the Medical Legal Institute (IML), in the center of Rio, for examination. The death of the artistic entrepreneur is being investigated by the Rio Homicide Police Station.
Brent Sikkema founded the art gallery in 1991 under the name Wooster gardensin reference to its original location at Wooster Street, in New York City. In 1999 the exhibition space was expanded, moving to its current location, on 22nd Street in New York City. The art gallery has exhibitions of paintings, illustrations, installations, photographs and sculptures
Until the closing of this note, no other information has emerged about the Cuban arrested in Brazil for the murder of the owner of the American gallery.