Randolph Police Charge Boston Man with Robbing Same Convenience Store Twice

MARK STOKES, AGE 51, OF ROXBURY was arrested late Friday and charged with two counts of armed robbery. (Randolph Police Department Booking Photo)
MARK STOKES, AGE 51, OF ROXBURY was arrested late Friday and charged with two counts of armed robbery. (Randolph Police Department Booking Photo)

RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department has arrested and charged a man with robbing a convenience store twice at gunpoint in the past month.

As a result of a diligent investigation by Randolph Police Detectives, MARK STOKES, AGE 51 OF ROXBURY has been arrested and charged with two counts of Armed Robbery.

Police responded at 9:44 p.m. April 1 to the Seasons Market on North Main Street for a a reported robbery. Upon arrival, police learned that a male wearing black and white sneakers, a heavy two-tone jacket entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk.

Then on Friday, April 12 at 2:20 a.m., the market/gas station was robbed again. This time, a similar looking suspect entered the store while the clerk was outside. The suspect tried to open the cash registered, but inadvertently turned off the gas pumps. The clerk entered the store, and the suspect pointed a gun at him and demanded the clerk open the register. The suspect fled both robberies with cash and Newport cigarettes.

The suspect, however, left his fingerprint on the button to shut off the pumps.

Detective David Clark processed the scene and working with the Boston Police Department, he were able to identify STOKES as the suspect.

Randolph Police soon learned that STOKES himself was the victim of an assault and a battery in Boston less than two hours after the robbery, in which his vehicle was shot multiple times. Police responding to the incident found a black pellet gun in STOKES’S vehicle. The bore of the gun was widened to make it appear more realistic.

After obtaining a search warrant for his Boston residence, detectives located the clothing allegedly used in both robberies. STOKES’S vehicle also matched one seen leaving the vicinity of the second robbery, and a man, allegedly STOKES was seen on surveillance footage entering the lobby of a nearby hotel shortly after the robbery. A Randoph Police K-9 also traced the suspect’s scent from the market to the hotel.

STOKES is being held on $15,000 cash bail at the Randolph Police Department, pending arraignment next week at Quincy District Court.

STOKES is known to police.

Chief Pace praised the work of Randolph Police Detectives, including Detective Clark, for their hard work on this case.

“This was a challenging case, involving a dangerous suspect pointing a weapon at hard-working people in our community, and I am pleased that the suspect has been identified and arrested,” Chief Pace said. “This case speaks to the professionalism of our investigators, who have a keen eye for detail and are trained to use all possible resources at their disposal in the furtherance of justice.”

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty

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Randolph Police Investigating Shooting

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Investigating Shooting

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that left one man with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police believe that the victim and suspects were known to each other and that this was not a random act of violence.

Police responded to a location on Alfred Terrace at 7:28 p.m. Monday for a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, officers found a 19-year-old Randolph man who had been shot in the upper leg. The suspect was treated at the scene and transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton with injuries that are considered serious but not life-threatening.

A second man who was with the victim was not injured.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the victim was shot while riding in a motor vehicle. The victim and second man bailed out of the vehicle on Mill Street and made their way to Alfred Terrace.

Officers located a firearm on Moulton Terrace and observed three males running from that location. Investigators also found a quantity of marijuana at the scene on Alfred Terrace.

The Randolph Police Department is actively investigating this incident. Anyone with any information or who may have seen something suspicious is asked to call the police department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Arrest 17-Year-Old for Home Invasion on Elderly Resident

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Arrest 17-Year-Old for Home Invasion on Elderly Resident

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested a juvenile after a violent daytime home invasion that left a 75-year-old woman injured.

As a result of an investigation, a 17-YEAR-OLD RANDOLPH BOY has been arrested and faces the following charges:

  • Armed Assault with Intent to Rob a Person over 65 Years of Age
  • Breaking and Entering in the Daytime Placing a Person in Fear
  • Assault and Battery on an Elderly Person

At 10:10 a.m. Thursday, the Randolph Police Department received a call from a resident reporting that she had been attacked in her home. Officers responded immediately and broadcast a description of the suspect to all officers and surrounding law enforcement agencies.

An investigation determined that a young male suspect forced his way into the home by cutting a sliding screen door with a knife. Once inside, the suspect encountered the 75-year-old resident, who was home alone, and demanded money from her. The suspect then pushed the elderly victim to the ground.

The victim screamed, and the suspect fled.

Randolph Police Officer Officer Vardy Duperval, who was working a detail, encountered an individual matching the suspect’s description about one mile from the scene, and the suspect was positively identified soon afterward.

The victim was treated at her residence by Randolph Fire Department paramedics.

The suspect is being held at the Randolph Police Department and is expected to be arraigned later today at Quincy District Court.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Randolph Police Issue Warning about Worldwide Malware Outbreaks

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 15, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Issue Warning about Worldwide Malware Outbreaks

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department are today alerting residents and local business owners about the threat of malicious software, or malware, that may compromise computer systems or hold files hostage for ransom.

The latter, called ransomware, is the focus of a worldwide criminal investigation after hundreds of thousands of systems were compromised on Friday, May 12, including hospitals, transit stations, and private computers. The attack, named “WannaCry” encrypted files on victimized systems and demanded a $300 to $600 payment to unlock the files. The attack was stopped, but authorities fear that another wave of attacks may be coming this week.

The Randolph Police Department offers the following tips to help prevent infection on your computers and devices:

  • Restart your Computer. This sounds like Technical Support 101, but it’s an extremely important step. Restarting a Windows PC often allows it to install the latest security patches and updates. Be sure to select the “Update and Restart Option” if possible.
  • Do not Open Suspicious Attachments or Click Suspicious Links. Attacks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and if someone you know falls victim to an attack, the malware may use their computer and email address book to send you a malicious file or link. Often, people think they are receiving an email from a friend or relative, and their computers get infected.
  • Change Your Passwords. If you have been using the same password for years, it’s time for an update. “Strong” passwords use a mix of capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols thrown in. Never use a single word as your password.
  • Use Reputable Antivirus Programs. While no security software can absolutely prevent all attacks on its own, there are reputable free and paid software programs out there that can help you, and there are some that may make problems worse. Do your research and use a program that will help you. PC Magazine offers advice on the best free and paid antivirus programs, and the well-regarded tech news source Tom’s Guide offers its own advice.
  • Got Popups? Learn the Keyboard Shortcut. Malicious software often makes its way onto a computer when a user clicks on a popup window. These windows are often designed to be difficult to close or to trick you into clicking the wrong place. The solution is not to click anywhere. If you have a popup, hold the ALT key and press F4 on your computer keyboard to close the active window. Repeat as necessary.

The current strain of malware attacks is so vicious that Microsoft has even released updates for older versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows XP, which it stopped issuing updates for in 2014. For more information on older versions of Windows, click here.

If you become infected, the Police Department does not recommend that you pay the criminals responsible for the cyber attack. Instead, download the correct patch or contact a reputable information technology provider for assistance.

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Randolph Police Arrest Two After Facebook Marketplace Robbery

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Arrest Two After Facebook Marketplace Robbery

Victims Agreed to Purchase iPhones via Facebook Marketplace and were Robbed Upon Arrival

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested two men on armed robbery and other charges after they lured two men to a home under the premise of selling them an iPhone and robbed them at gunpoint.

KAVON X. WASHINGTON, AGE 18, OF MATTAPAN and LORENZO EDWARD MURPHY, AGE 18, OF RANDOLPH were arrested and each charged with:

  • Armed Robbery (Two Counts)
  • Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Two Counts)
  • Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
  • Receiving Stolen Property over $250

On Monday evening, May 8, officers responded to Maple Street for a report of an armed robbery. A pair of victims told officers that they had gone to the address after agreeing to purchase an iPhone via Facebook Marketplace, only to be robbed at gunpoint of cash and a rose gold colored iPhone.

Officers then began a search for the suspects using a K-9, which quickly tracked a path toward the basement door to MURPHY’s home, where both suspects are ultimately located.

After obtaining a search warrant for MURPHY’s home, officers found the rose gold iPhone stolen from one of the victims, a second iPhone that indicated it was lost upon being powered on, cash and credit cards belonging to a variety of individuals.

Additionally, a loaded .45 caliber handgun, which was reported stolen out of Bangor, Maine, was located within the insulation of the basement during the search.

“I commend our officers for quickly and thoroughly investigating this robbery and taking a illegal firearm off of our streets,” Chief Pace said. “I encourage anyone seeking to buy something off of the internet to take great care in confirming the identities of the people they’re dealing with before meeting them.”

Officers from Quincy and Canton aided in the investigation.

Both suspects were held pending arraignment in Quincy District Court.

Members of the public are reminded that they may use the lobby of the Randolph Police Department to safely conduct online purchases and sales. The lobby is under video surveillance and is open 24/7. 

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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Body of Missing Teen Located

Acting Randolph Police Chief John Hamelburg regrets to report that crews have located a body of a young male, positively identified as 16-year-old Christopher Defreitas, this afternoon. The body of Defreitas was located in the Great Pond Reservoir, about 100 yards from shore.

Defreitas was reported missing on Monday night and had been the subject of an intensive, multi-agency search.

This incident is under investigation by the Randolph Police Department and Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

Great Pond/Reservoir has been Suspended for the Day

The search of the Great Pond/Reservoir has been suspended for today. All parties involved in today’s search will be back at the water’s edge tomorrow morning. There have been no new developments in the search.

Christopher Defreitas, age 16, of Randolph, was last seen at his home at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 24.

Defreitas is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 133 pounds, with an athletic build, brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Defreitas’ whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

*ADVISORY* News Media Logistics for Wake of Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 20, 2017

On-Site Contact: Steve MacDonald
Phone: 617-839-2315
Email: [email protected]

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

*FOR PLANNING PURPOSES*

News Media Logistics for the Wake of Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano

RANDOLPH — The wake for Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (211 N. Main St.) in Randolph from 4-8 p.m.

Members of the news media should stage by 1 p.m. to ensure parking and to minimize obstructions for the mourners.

The news media will be allowed to park across the street from St. Mary’s Catholic Church on North Main Street. The parking lot with Caffe Bella and Five Guys will be open to press, but please DO NOT park in the spaces directly in front of stores or restaurants. Use spaces farther away from the shops for news trucks and vehicles. Spaces will be marked by traffic cones, and Randolph Police Officers will be on site directing news media to the proper parking spots.

Members of the news media not driving marked company vehicles should be prepared to present valid photo identification to access media parking.

The Randolph Police Department and Chief William Pace advise the public that at least one lane of North Main Street will be closed between Cottage and School streets starting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Motorists not attending the wake should plan an alternate route.

A firefighter walk-by will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

The public is welcome starting at 4 p.m.

There will be no news media or cameras allowed inside the church for the wake. Cameras must remain across North Main Street on the business side. 

Boston Firefighter/Public Information Officer Steve MacDonald is the contact on site for the wake. From time to time, friends and family who desire to be interviewed will be brought by Firefighter MacDonald or his representative to the media staging area.

Firefighter Toscano’s body will remain at the church overnight, and firefighters will stand watch all night.

Members of the news media should remain in position if possible, but vehicle swap will be allowed. Vehicle swap is highly discouraged between the hours of 2 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

The funeral procession will depart Randolph for Watertown at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Funeral logistics to follow separately.

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Statement of Randolph Police Chief William Pace

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 17, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Statement of Randolph Police Chief William Pace

RANDOLPH — The following is a statement from Randoph Police Chief William Pace:

“Earlier today, the public safety community lost one of its own and the Town of Randolph lost a resident. Watertown Firefighter Joseph Toscano, age 54, reportedly died as a result of a medical emergency he suffered while battling a fire Friday morning.

“On behalf of the Randolph Police Department and the entire community, I offer my most sincere condolences to the Toscano family, including Joseph’s wife and five children. Firefighter Toscano served the Watertown Fire Department bravely for more than 20 years.

“The Randolph Police Department asks that members of the public and the news media please respect the privacy of the Toscano family and not intrude upon their grief during this most difficult time.”

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Randolph Police Arrest Three for Drug and Firearm Possession

Randolph Police Department
William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Arrest Three for Drug and Firearm Possession

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department and South Shore Drug Task Force have arrested three suspects involved in a narcotics investigation.

FERNANDO CARRION, AGE 24, OF RANDOLPH is charged with:

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Fentanyl)
  • Trafficking a Class B Drug (Fentanyl)

  • Possession of Ammunition

FREDCISCO CARRION, AGE 21, OF RANDOLPH is charged with:

  • Possession of a Loaded Firearm

WILLIAM ALVAREZ, AGE 28, OF RANDOLPH is charged with:

  • Trafficking a Class B Drug (Fentanyl)
  • Possession of Ammunition

As part of an investigation by Randolph Police Detectives into the use of illegal drugs in town, the department obtained a search warrant for 20 Cricket Lane in Randolph.

Earlier today, Randolph Police, along with the South Shore Drug Task Force, recovered Fentanyl, a semi-automatic handgun and ammunition at the residence, resulting in three arrests.

FERNANDO and FREDCISCO CARRION are being held on $5,00 cash bail. ALVAREZ is being held on $10,000 cash bail. All three suspects will be arraigned at Quincy District Court on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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