BOSTON, MA (The Sentinel & Enterprise) – There is a good chance that the two well respected doctors viciously murdered in their South Boston condo would be alive today if Bampumim Teixeira, the alleged killer, had been deported.
But he wasn’t. Instead the immigrant who was born in Guinea-Bissau, a small, impoverished nation on the west coast of Africa, and who grew up on Cape Verde, was given a pass.
In the United States as a green card holder, Teixeira was allowed to plea bargain down two unarmed bank robbery charges that allowed him to keep his green card and avoid deportation, according to the Boston Herald and other sources. A green card allows an immigrant to live and work in the U.S., and Teixeira had one since 2010.
The plea bargain arrangement was worked out by the defense and prosecutors from the Office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and accepted by Boston Municipal Court Judge Lisa Anne Grant. It allowed Teixeira in 2016 to serve 364 days, which was one day short of the minimum that would have possibly led to his deportation. In a haunting development of unintended consequences, however, Conley is now in charge of investigating and prosecuting Teixeira, the man he allowed to walk the streets of Boston and allegedly commit the savage murders of Drs. Richard Field, 49, and Lina Bolanos, 38.
The pair, who were soon to be married, were found in Field’s $1.9 million Southie penthouse in the highly secured Macallen Building on May 5 with their hands tied and their throats slit.
A message was scrawled on the walls, and photos of the two doctors had been cut up.
Before he was killed, Field texted a friend to call the police, which the friend did. When the police arrived, they were confronted by Teixeira, whom they thought was armed. They shot him several times, wounding him. He told the police that there was another gunman in the condo, but the police did not find anyone. They did find a backpack filled with jewelry, presumably belonging to Bolanos.
Teixeira also allegedly told the police that he was a security guard, which indeed he was, once having worked in the same building, which could explain why he had access to the premises.
The firm that employed him, Palladion Services LLC., said it conducted a background check on Teixeira and found him “clean.”
While the investigation is ongoing, there are many disturbing questions that have gone unaddressed, beginning with the decision by Conley, or someone in his office, to lessen charges against Teixeira after he was convicted of twice robbing the Summer Street branch of Citizens Bank in Boston in 2014 and 2016.
Had not the justice system cut Teixeira a break, he might have been breaking and entering in Guinea-Bissau rather than in Boston that Friday night.
The Macallen Building was generally known for its tight security. So, the question is how a man like Teixeira could get a job in security and work in that building for at least three weeks in the first place.
For all the richness of the place, one would think that security- conscious residents of the 148-unit building would hire a few unemployed Marine Corps or Army veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan instead of a shadowy character like Teixeira.
Also, there is the distinct possibility that there was another intruder involved, this one with a real gun, and not the fake gun that police said that Teixeira had, along with a knife.
Of average size, it is hard to imagine how Teixeira, acting alone and brandishing his knife and fake gun, could have overpowered the rugged-looking Fields – let alone tie up him and Bolanos. And if he struggled with one of them, what was there to stop the other from attacking him?
It makes no sense that neither victim called 911 from their cellphones, or why Fields texted a friend to contract the police instead of calling himself – other than the distinct possibility that Teixeira had an accomplice, another intruder.
A pair of veteran police investigators I spoke with said they were convinced that there was another gunman involved, which is what Teixeira said when the police had him on the ground. If so, where is he?
Perhaps he will turn himself in, especially after reading Mayor Marty Walsh’s piece that ran two days after the murder in The Boston Sunday Globe. It was about how immigrants help the police with investigations, and how Walsh is protecting immigrants, both legal and illegal, from federal ICE agents.
That’s swell. It’s just too bad he and Conley could not protect the doctors.