Randolph Police Arrest and Charge Driver that Fled from Braintree Officers at South Shore Plaza Monday Night

Randolph Police Chief William Pace and Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois report that the Randolph Police Department arrested and charged a man who fled from officers in Braintree at South Shore Plaza Monday night.

WESLEY GOODMAN, AGE 20, OF RANDOLPH, was charged by Randolph Police with:

  • Failure to Stop for Police
  • Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Operation of a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License
  • Operation of an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
  • Operation of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
  • Number Plate Violation, Attaching Plates
  • Unlawful Possession of Fireworks

Additionally, GOODMAN is facing the following charges from the Briantree Police Department:

  • Failure to Stop for Police
  • Speeding
  • Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign (Two Counts)
  • Operating to Endanger
  • Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250

The incident is still under investigation by Braintree Police and GOODMAN is likely to face additional charges.

A demonstration about the death of George Floyd had been planned at the mall Monday night, June 1, but was cancelled after Braintree Police received reports that there were plans for looting to take place. There was a large police presence at the mall and anyone on the property after 7 p.m., after the last store closed, without a legitimate reason to be there would be asked to leave and potentially faced trespassing charges if they refused to do so.

At approximately 7:15 p.m.Braintree Police attempted to pull over a vehicle after the driver was the speeding in the area of the mall parking lot, going approximately 40 miles per hour in a 15 mile per hour zone.

After refusing to stop and fleeing from officers, the driver of a gray Nissan Altima, later identified as GOODMAN, drove his vehicle through a wooded area and fence abutting the Flaherty Elementary School property in order to flee from police.

Braintree officers called off their brief pursuit and notified area police departments to be on the lookout for the vehicle, which had sustained front-end damage, had its rear bumper hanging off and had a flat tire as a result of driving through the wooded area.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., a Randolph Police officer on patrol on North Main Street observed a gray Nissan Altima with heavy damage, matching the description given by Braintree Police.

The officer pulled behind the vehicle and activated his siren and lights and attempted to stop the driver. GOODMAN allegedly refused to stop and drove through a red light at the intersection of North Main Street and Scanlon Drive.

GOODMAN continued to flee down North Main Street, swerving around other vehicles. Officers pursued GOODMAN as he traveled into Avon onto Harrison Boulevard and eventually onto Route 24 Northbound.

Once on the highway, GOODMAN began to slow down due to the front right tire being down to the rim. Several State Police troopers joined in on the pursuit and were able to box in GOODMAN’S vehicle just after Exit 20B in the breakdown lane where he came to stop.

GOODMAN was placed under arrest without further incident. After detaining and speaking with three passengers in the vehicle, a male and two females, it was determined that GOODMAN was acting on his own and the others were released.

In a search of the vehicle, officers located a large amount of fireworks in the trunk, which were seized by police.

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

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Randolph Police Department Thanks Local Business for Donating Face Shields

The Randolph Police Department would like to thank Mostafa Lofti and his company, Lacerta Group Inc., for their generous donation of face shields. It truly is inspiring to see companies going above and beyond to support first responders. Because of their generosity, we were able to distribute the shields to first responders in multiple other communities to keep them safe. Ken Pires, of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, was instrumental in coordinating this donation. Detective Michael Tuitt personally delivered the shields to our surrounding cities and towns. In times of adversity, working together and supporting each other is what is needed to persevere. Thank you again!!!

Randolph Police Make Arrest in Monday Night Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested and charged a man who shot another man Monday night, March 10.

JASON MUKORO, AGE 23, OF RANDOLPH was charged with:

  • Attempted Murder
  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License
  • Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Building
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Cocaine)

At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, police responded to the area of 10 and 15 Ward St. for a report of a shooting.

A 28-year-old Randolph man was located at the scene and was transported by a Randolph Fire Department ambulance to a local hospital. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the back and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

MUKORO fled from the scene on foot. Through the subsequent investigation, it was determined that MUKORO was the man who shot the victim.

MUKORO was arrested near his home without incident Monday night. Police obtained a search warrant to search his home and located and seized the clothes he wore during the shooting and 10.2 grams of cocaine. No weapons were found in the search.

MUKORO is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court.

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

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Randolph Police Investigating Overnight Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting overnight where a man was shot in the leg.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night, Jan. 21, police responded to the area of West Street and Old West Street for a report of multiple gunshots.

A 911 caller reported that there was a man inside a West Street apartment who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The 18-year-old Hyde Park man was transported by a Randolph Fire Department ambulance to a Boston hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

As the investigation continued, officers on scene located a vehicle on the side of the road at the intersection of West Street and Old West Street. The vehicle had been struck multiple times with gunfire and there was blood on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.

A Quincy Police firearm K9 was requested at the scene, however no gun was able to be located. Additionally, members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services unit and Crime Prevention and Control (CPAC) unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

At this time, police do not believe that the incident was random and it remains under active investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area last night is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Man Allegedly Involved in Randolph Shooting Turns Himself in to Court

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the man who allegedly shot another man at a gas station over the weekend turned himself in at Quincy District Court today.

TRAEQUON DUNCAN, AGE 23, OF DORCHESTER was charged with:

  • Assault to Murder
  • Assault and Battery with a Firearm
  • Attempted Assault and Battery with a Firearm
  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License
  • Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling

DUNCAN was arraigned Thursday afternoon at Quincy District Court and was ordered held without bail.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Randolph Police responded to the Mobile Gas Station at 1245 North Main St. for a report of a shooting.

Through the subsequent investigation, police determined that DUNCAN had entered the gas station and had an altercation with another man inside. DUNCAN then exited the gas station and seconds later he allegedly fired three shots into the building, striking the other man.

The victim was transported by to an area hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Randolph Police executed an early morning search warrant at DUNCAN’S Dorchester home on Stratton Street, with the assistance of the Boston Police SWAT unit, but were unable to locate him.

Chief Pace would like to thank the Boston Police Department Gang Unit, Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Boston Police SWAT unit and the Massachusetts State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit for their assistance with this investigation.

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Randolph Police Swears In Three New Officers Today

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to report that three Randolph Police officers were sworn in today after graduating from the police academy last week.

Officers Vincent Burton, Joao Santos and Vincent Saengsombat were sworn in at a ceremony today at Randolph Town Hall by Interim Town Clerk Cheryl Sass.

The three officers graduated from the Cambridge Police/Northeastern University police academy on Friday, Sept. 20. The three officers, who were among 28 graduates, represented the inaugural graduating class for the Cambridge Police/Northeastern University police academy.

“We are glad to be adding these three officers to our ranks and I congratulate each of them for successfully graduating from the academy,” Chief Pace said. “I would also like to specifically congratulate Officer Santos, who was the academy graduate with the highest academic ranking.”

 All three officers are Randolph residents.

Officer Burton holds bachelors degree from Stonehill College in criminology and has previously worked as a Randolph Police dispatcher.

Officer Santos was a Randolph Auxiliary Officer for four years and was a Bristol County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Officer for five years. Officer Santos received the police academy award for highest academic ranking.

Officer Saengsombat is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a field specialist. He also has a background working in the security field.

“Congratulations to our town’s newest police officers,” Town Manager Brian Howard said. “I wish for them to have safe and long careers as they take this next step in their respective journeys.”

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Randolph Police Officer Meets Woman for First Time After Helping Her through Substance Use Disorder 8 Years Ago

Joanne Batson Gave Officer Stephen Morse her 8-Year Sobriety Medallion Today

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace announces that veteran Randolph Police Officer Stephen Morse had a surprise encounter today with a woman he helped eight years ago who was in the throes of addiction.

Joanne Batson credits Officer Morse with helping her turn her life around from being addicted to alcohol and opioids. On Wednesday, she personally thanked Officer Morse by giving him the eight-year sobriety medallion she recently received.

In November 2010, Randolph Police were called to a local pharmacy for a well-being check about a woman who appeared to be intoxicated inside the store with her young daughter.

Upon arrival, Officer Morse spoke to Joanne Batson who was drunk standing in line at the store. Once they stepped outside to talk, Officer Morse asked Batson if she had someone who was sober who could help take care of her daughter.

Batson called her aunt and Officer Morse gave her and her then-2-year-old daughter a ride to her aunt’s house in Randolph.

On the way there, Officer Morse spoke to Batson about needing to be there for her daughter and how important it was for her to make changes in her life.

Officer Morse dropped the mother and daughter off at the relative’s home and made sure they were both safe.

Even though as a mandated reporter, Officer Morse was required to file a 51A with the Department of Children and Families later that evening, eight years later Joanne credits the encounter she had with Officer Morse and her decision to seek treatment shortly thereafter with changing her life and allowing her today to be a mother to her children.

“I was in a really bad place. I was close to losing custody of my daughter,” said Batson, age 35, of Randolph. “His gesture of kindness and his compassion towards me really changed my life and it set me on the path toward pursuing treatment. I did long-term treatment for seven months and I’ve been clean ever since. He chose not to arrest me and took me to my aunt’s house with my daughter. He spoke to me a lot on the ride there and he was just being kind and not being mean to me and saying how much my daughter needed me and if I kept going the way I was going I wasn’t going to be around for her.”

According to Batson, after years of pondering it, on Wednesday, she finally gathered the courage to seek out and re-introduce herself to Officer Morse for the first time since that day in 2010. A call was made to the Randolph Police station to have Officer Morse come to the Randolph Intergenerational Community Center. Batson works there as a Member Experience Coordinator.

When they met, they spoke and hugged and Batson gave Officer Morse her eight-year sobriety medallion.

“It was something I thought of doing probably since I celebrated my first year of sobriety,” Batson said. “Each year I wanted to do it, but I haven’t had the guts to do it. But it was something that I really wanted him to know. Police officers deal with a lot of flak, especially these days, and I wanted him to know that he changed this one person’s life. He gave my daughter the mother she deserves and I can’t say how grateful I am for him and the kindness he showed me.”

Now, Batson’s daughter is 10, and she also has a 7-year-old son. She has worked for the Community Center for the past two years.

“It’s going really great. I work with a lot of the youth at the Community Center and I get to share my story with them so that they don’t end up where I was,” Batson said.

For Officer Morse, a 25-year veteran of the department, being able to see Batson again was one of the highlights of his career.

“Anytime you get to meet someone you’ve helped over the years is really a special experience,” Officer Morse said. “It was quite a surprise to see her after all this time and I’m very glad she was able to achieve sobriety and is doing well with her daughter and son.”

Chief Pace commended Officer Morse for his compassion.

“As police officers it’s not everyday that someone takes the time to say ‘thank you’ and we don’t expect any thanks,” Chief Pace said. “But when I heard about Ms. Batson thanking Officer Morse, it’s one of the many things that makes you enjoy getting up and go to work in the morning.”

Town Manager Brian Howard echoed Chief Pace’s sentiments saying, “What a great role model Officer Morse is. He did his job and he did it with compassion. It’s also fantastic to see where Ms. Batson is today and that she is helping people through her job at the Community Center. I am glad that they got to connect after all these years.”

Batson says she wants to continue to pay it forward by helping people who may be in a similar situation she was in eight years ago.

“If I can get sober anybody can,” she said. “I was in a really bad way for a really long time. There’s always hope and it’s never too late. If anyone is struggling and they need someone to talk to they can always reach out and talk to me or come by the Community Center and I would be glad to talk. And I owe Officer Morse for my ability to do that.”

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Randolph Police Charge Man Who Allegedly Led Officers on Pursuit

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department has charged a man who allegedly fled from officers and led them on a pursuit early Tuesday morning.

A man, tentatively identified as MANUEL VIDAL, AGE 45, OF BRENTWOOD, NEW YORK, was charged with:

  • Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Crash with Property Damage

The man’s identity remains a part of the active investigation. He will likely be facing further charges from Randolph Police and other communities where he is alleged to have led officers on separate chases overnight.

At 1:48 a.m. today, a Randolph Police officer was on North Main Street when he observed the driver of a black 2020 Toyota Corolla run through a red light at Crawford Square onto South Main Street (Route 28). The driver, later identified as VIDAL, drove up onto the sidewalk and continued down South Main Street. The vehicle did not have a rear license plate.

The officer attempted to pull VIDAL over, but he continued down the road toward Avon swerving across the road. The officer notified Avon Police that the vehicle was heading into their town travelling at speeds of around 30-40 miles per hour.

Once in Avon, there were now four cruisers behind VIDAL, all with their lights on and sirens sounding. VIDAL showed no signs of being aware of the police presence around him and did not stop or slow down.

With the road clear ahead of them, the Randolph Police officer that initiated the pursuit drove in front of VIDAL’S vehicle while driving down West Main Street in Avon. The officer slowed down in front of VIDAL as they approached Harrison Boulevard in an attempt to get him to stop before the intersection.

The officer was able to get VIDAL to stop his vehicle prior to the intersection and as officers approached his vehicle on foot, he sped off, striking the Randolph Police cruiser in front of him. The vehicle sustained minor damage and the officer was uninjured.

VIDAL fled at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour into Brockton down North Main Street. The officers followed VIDAL from a safe distance as he drove through Brockton and eventually into West Bridgewater.

Concerned for the safety of the public, Randolph Police terminated the pursuit in West Bridgewater and notified area law enforcement agencies about the incident and provided a description of the vehicle.

Approximately one hour later, after allegedly leading officers on subsequent pursuits through Easton, Brockton, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, VIDAL was stopped in the area of 740 North Main St. in West Bridgewater where he was taken into custody and transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton.

The incident remains under investigation by Randolph Police and other departments. VIDAL will be issued a summons to appear in court for the charges he faces out of Randolph.

VIDAL has a history with police, including a history of fleeing from police in other states.

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

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Randolph Police Donate Over $3,000 to Local Autism Charities

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department and Randolph Police Patrolmen’s Union Local 18 donated over $3,000 to two local autism charities on Friday, Aug. 23.

Beginning in April, the Randolph Police Department sold autism awareness patches in order to raise money for the New England chapter of Autism Speaks and the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph.

In total, 312 patches were sold, raising $3,120. Of that money, $2,620 was donated on Friday to the May Center, 41 Pacella Park Drive, in a presentation at the school. The ceremony also included a visit from Massachusetts State Senator Walter Timilty. The remaining $500 was sent in a check to Autism Speaks.

“We were thrilled to be able to donate to these worthwhile endeavors and it was really great to see the smiling faces of the children at the May Center,” Chief Pace said. “Every little bit helps when it comes to improving the lives of those with autism and I am proud of our officers and everyone who contributed to the cause.”

The initiative was spearheaded by Randolph Police Officers Kevin Gilbert and Matt Rodman. The project was sponsored by the Randolph Police Patrolmen’s Union Local 18, which used funds raised during their first annual golf tournament last year to purchase the autism awareness patches.

“We want to thank everyone who bought the patches and helped to raise money for these great organizations,” Officer Gilbert said.

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