Rio de Janeiro police have identified the group involved in throwing Molotov cocktails at the video production office of Porta dos Fundos. The attack was spurred on by the duo’s Portuguese Netflix special, The First Temptation of Christ. The identified perpetrator is Eduardo Fauzi Richard Cerquise, a 41-year-old businessman with a “violent profile.”
He is still at large and has a warrant out for his arrest, according to reports. This isn’t Cerquise’s first run-in with police. He was charged earlier this year with assaulting a civil servant from back in 2013. He has also been accused of other domestic assault charges.
The police searched two homes and offices. They found $30,000 worth of cash, a fake firearm, ammunition, a “political-philosophical” shirt, and computers.
The Porta dos Fundos saw this as a shock, even though they live in a country with a high crime rate. A video circulated around the internet showing a group of people throwing projectiles at the building. After surveying around 50 cameras, police saw Cerquise hailed a taxi after taking off his mask. They went about questioning the driver who identified the suspect.
The First Temptation of Christ has caused quite a stir for both Netflix and the duo behind the project. Netflix’s comedy special depicted Jesus coming home with a male companion with heavy implications that they were a couple. The depiction irked religious groups with petitions and requests for Netflix to not air the special. The comedy duo is based in Brazil which has a heavy Catholic presence. But, their creation was deemed satire and continued on its way.
The attack happened on Christmas Eve and up to five people were at the attack, only Cerquise has been identified.