A murder investigation is underway in Marshfield, where a young mother was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend. Police say the suspect may be in this country illegally
Date of Crime: 2011-09-26
Location of crime: Marshfield,MA
Hometown: Marshfield, MA
Perpetrator: Marcelo Almeida
Arrest Status: charged
Marshfield murder suspect's immigration status in question
Updated: Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011, 6:20 PM EDT Published : Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011, 5:55 AM EDT
MARSHFIELD (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A murder investigation is underway in Marshfield, where a young mother was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend. Police say the suspect may be in this country illegally.
Marcelo Almeida, 41, was arrested Monday morning following a massive manhunt.
Police say Almeida stabbed 24-year-old Patricia Frois during a domestic dispute inside their apartment complex, then went on the run. He was eventually found hiding in a backyard shed not far from the scene.
Those who knew the victim say the couple had recently broken up. Family and friends also told FOX 25 the couple had a history of violence.
Police say Almeida stabbed his ex-girlfriend several times because he couldn't handle the breakup.
Almeida was injured and was taken to the hospital. His citizenship status is now under investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Police say Almeida has a Brazilian passport and that immigration officials have no record of anyone under his name having entered the country legally.
Records indicate that the visa number on the passport bearing Almeida's name and photo was issued to a Kuwaiti female in Beruit in 2003.
The couple reportedly has a 5-year-old son in their native Brazil.
Almeida and Frois shared an apartment for the last couple of years, but when they broke up, Frois moved into another apartment temporarily with a friend.
Frois was leaving the apartment Monday morning heading to work, and that's when police say Almeida caught up with her in the hallway and stabbed her several times. Two close friends told FOX 25 they witnessed the murder.
"It's horrible, but it's horrible on its own," Gov. Deval Patrick said. "It's horrible because of the violence and the loss to that community and to that family."
FOX 25's Tyisha Fernandes asked Gov. Patrick whether the recent crimes involving illegal immigrants draws more attention to the fact that we need to do something more with illegal immigration.
"Well, I've said before, we need comprehensive immigration reform," he said. "But I think we also need to be careful not to paint too broad a brush. There are separate issues here about the violence, for which we have laws, and control and compliance with our existing laws around immigration, around which a lot of folks feel there isn't enough rigor at the federal level."