By BRIDGET TURCOTTE
REVERE — A fugitive accused of stabbing his roommate with a steak knife several times in the back and hitting him in the head repeatedly with a hammer has been turned over to United States authorities, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Douglas Pereira Lemes, 26, was wanted for armed assault with intent to murder. He was arrested in Panama and is being held on $1 million bail, according to the Revere Police Department.
“Mr. Lemes’ return to the United States should send a clear message to fugitives: No matter where in the world you try to hide, we will find you and bring you back to face justice,” Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston division, said in a statement. “This is a great example of how multiple government agencies and nations worked together to make sure he answers to his alleged crimes.”
Revere police worked with the FBI to locate Lemes in his hometown, a small village, and bring him back to Massachusetts.
In June 2008, Lemes allegedly attacked his roommate with a hammer and steak knife, hitting him repeatedly in the head and stabbing him several times in the back at their home in Revere. An arrest warrant out of Chelsea District Court was issued for Lemes after he failed to appear for an arraignment on two charges of armed assault with intent to murder in February.
Lemes, who had begun the process of attempting to gain legal status, was ordered to turn over his passport and he did, but, within days of doing so, flew from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lemes is an undocumented immigrant from Mantenopolis, Brazil. He settled in Revere at the age of 15 and lived in Somerville before fleeing the country.
In March 2016, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Lemes by the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The charge has a maximum punishment of imprisonment for five years.
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