The former Russian special-ops soldier suspected in the brutal stabbings of his girlfriend and her daughter reportedly left their butchered corpses behind in a Brooklyn apartment littered with vodka bottles.
Police also said that day laborer day laborer Nikolai Rakossi, 52, recently lost his job and "lost his mind" before the vicious slayings of Tatyana Prikhodko and her daughter Larisa Prikhodko, a neighbor told the New York Post.
NYPD police suspect Rakossi stabbed Tatyana, 56, and Larisa, 28, to death sometime Saturday and then spent the night with the two nurses' bodies in the Sheepshead Bay co-op he shared with Tatyana before catching a livery cab to JFK Sunday morning.
At about 3 p.m., Rakossi -- with a freshly "broken" hand and nose -- went to the Aeroflot airline counter and said, "I need a ticket to Moscow right now," according to the agent who dealt with him.
"He was a little bit nervous," the agent told the newspaper. "I told him the ticket was expensive, like $1,600, and he said, 'I have to be in Moscow tomorrow.' He gave me cash."
Rakossi then caught a 7 p.m. flight to Moscow, arriving Monday morning and disappearing -- hours after police discovered Tatyana and Larisa's bodies late Sunday night.
Rakossi, who is believed to have a house outside of Moscow, may avoid prosecution in the U.S. because Russia does not extradite its citizens to other countries.
A Russian Interior Ministry spokesman told the news site Gazeta yesterday that he could be prosecuted and serve prison time there for the murders if American officials provide evidence of his guilt.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly on Wednesday says investigators do not yet have probable cause to arrest Rakossi in the slayings. Kelly said if they gather enough evidence to arrest Rakossi, they will contact the State Department for help. He says they want to speak to him regardless.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.