Randolph Police Arrest Men on Drug and Gun Charges

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested two men yesterday on firearm and gun charges.

BRANDON VARELA, AGE 20, OF AVON was arrested and charged with Possession of a Class A Substance With Intent to Distribute (Heroin) and Possession of a Class B Substance With Intent to Distribute (Crack Cocaine).

Additionally, VARELA was wanted on a pre-existing warrant out of Norfolk Superior Court in connection with an alleged shooting last July.

JALEN WILKINSON, AGE  22, OF RANDOLPH was charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm Without a License.

At approximately 4 p.m. yesterday, Randolph Police were conducting surveillance in the Rosemont Square apartment complex as part of an effort to locate VARELA and take him into custody on the active warrant for his arrest. Officers later observed VARELA’S vehicle enter the complex with VARELA driving and a second male, later identified as WILKINSON, in the passenger seat.

Officers subsequently attempted to stop the vehicle and pursued as VARELA drove at a high rate of speed through the apartment complex before coming to a stop. WILKINSON then attempted to flee on foot before acknowledging officers’ orders to return to the scene.

A search of WILKINSON’S clothing allegedly yielded a .25 caliber handgun, and he was then taken into custody without further incident. Officers also took VARELA into custody on the warrant and, during a subsequent search of his clothing and vehicle, located a bag containing suspected heroin inside his vehicle, and a bag containing smaller baggies of crack cocaine and heroin.

Both men were taken into custody without incident and were held pending their arraignment in Quincy District Court.

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

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Randolph Police Investigating Shooting on Highland Avenue

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Investigating Shooting on Highland Avenue

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating an incident where a man was shot Tuesday afternoon on Highland Avenue.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Randolph Police responded to the area of 43 Highland Ave. for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located a 32-year-old Middleborough man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper back. The man was conscious and alert when speaking to responding officers.

Paramedics from the Randolph Fire Department also responded to the scene and transported the victim to a Boston hospital. His current condition is unknown at this time.

The victim told police that he was shot by a black male wearing a red, blue and yellow jacket. There were no other witnesses to the incident.

Officers searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate anyone matching the description given. A Quincy Police firearms K-9 also responded to the scene but did not locate any weapons.

Police are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Arrest Man for Unarmed Robbery


For Immediate Release

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested a man earlier today for allegedly assaulting and robbing an elderly man.

DEMETRIUS JAMES, AGE 29, OF RANDOLPH is charged with:

  • Assault and Battery on a Person Over 65
  • Unarmed Robbery

At 10:40 a.m., Randolph Police received a report from an Uber driver on North Street who stated she observed an elderly man being assaulted by another man.

The driver was able to give police a description of the suspect, and officers immediately began searching the area.

Police arrived on scene and located the victim, a 74-year-old Randolph man, who had suffered injuries to his face and reported being robbed of his wallet and keys. He was transported via ambulance to an area hospital.

A short time later, a resident who heard the description of the suspect on the scanner called police and reported they saw someone matching the description running through their backyard.

Police set up a perimeter of the area and were able to locate JAMES near the Lindwood Cemetery on North Street — less than a quarter mile away from where the altercation took place.

Following an on scene investigation, JAMES was placed under arrest. He was transported and booked at the Randolph Police Department, where he is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

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

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Randolph Police to Host Open House This Week Regarding Upcoming Police Officer Exam

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police to Host Open House This Week Regarding Upcoming Police Officer Exam

Open House on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Randolph PD

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department will be hosting an open house this week for those who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

The open house will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at the Randoph Police station, 42 South Main St.

“This event is a great way for applicants taking the state exam to have their questions answered by people who have gone through the process,” Chief Pace said. “Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Randolph Police Department is encouraged to attend.”

The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 5, with an examination fee of $100. A late fee of $50 will be assessed to those who apply after Feb. 5. No applications will be accepted after Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The written examination will be held on Saturday, March 23.

Each applicant’s exam location will be provided in their notice to appear email after successfully applying and paying for the exam.

This entry-level service exam establishes a list of eligible candidates to fill vacancies in civil service municipalities, MBTA Transit Police and non-civil service jurisdictions.

Applicants may choose to have their results apply to both municipal and MBTA eligible lists or the municipal eligible list only.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age on or before the date of the exam and have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education, or three years of experience in the armed forces of the United States with last release or discharge under honorable conditions. There are some special exceptions and arrangements available for active duty military personnel. For more information. visit the state’s civil service website.

The written examination consists of three parts: the Written Ability Test (WAT), the Life Experience Survey (LES) and the Work Styles Questionnaire (WSQ). The WAT includes areas of verbal expression and comprehension, problem sensitivity, deductive and inductive reasoning, and information ordering. It is used to measure the cognitive abilities that have been identified as essential to performing the duties of a Police Officer. The LES consists of multiple-choice questions related to the candidates’ past history and experience that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officers. The WSQ assesses certain motivational, value-related, and attitudinal characteristics that are of potential relevance to successful performance of entry-level Police Officers.

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Randolph Police Arrest and Charge Man in Shooting

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Arrest and Charge Man in Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is actively investigating a shooting on South Main Street Monday night and have placed a man under arrest.

EROLW POPE-FOSTER, AGE 25, OF ANDOVER was arrested and charged with:

  • Armed Assault to Murder
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License
  • Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling or Building

At approximately 4 p.m., Randolph Police responded to an apartment complex at 625 South Main St. for a report of shots fired.

Through an on-scene investigation officers determined that two shots were allegedly fired by POPE-FOSTER. A revolver was recovered at the scene by police and was seized as evidence.

The initial investigation indicates that the incident occurred because of an argument regarding a car sale. The victim, a Woburn man, met POPE-FOSTER through the OfferUp smart phone application. The victim was selling a car through the app.

The two met at the Randolph apartment complex and began to argue over the price of the car and an altercation broke out between the two. The victim fell to the ground and POPE-FOSTER allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired it twice at the victim, missing him.

Police responded and located POPE-FOSTER hiding in the rear of one of the apartment buildings. He was placed under arrest without further incident.

The revolver was found under a truck in the parking lot and was wrapped in a rag.

The victim suffered cuts on his hands from the ice when he fell to the ground and ran to the nearby Avon Fire station for help.

The incident remains under active investigation and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Randolph Police at 781-963-1212.

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

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Randolph Police Arrest Two for Larceny After Alleged Real Estate Schemes

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Arrest Two for Larceny After Alleged Real Estate Schemes

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that a man and a woman were arrested after a Randolph Police Department investigation into a series of real estate schemes in which unsuspecting people were allegedly placed into “rentals” by the suspects, who did not own the properties in question.

RICARDO “RICK” BERNARD, AGE 47, OF MILTON and KATYA MAGNI, AGE 31, OF BROCKTON were arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of Breaking and Entering and five counts of Larceny over $1,200.

The charges originate from an investigation that showed that the suspects would allegedly locate foreclosed properties, illegally gain entry to them and then place unsuspecting people into the properties as rental tenants.

The suspects also allegedly tricked individuals into signing over distressed property deeds for $1, under the false promise that BERNARD would make repairs and/or remove the homes from foreclosure. The property would then be sold, and Bernard was the recipient of any profit after satisfying the bank lien. There are multiple properties in Randolph where this is alleged to have occurred.

Any person who is either renting a property from BERNARD or has had real estate interaction with him or MAGNI is encouraged to contact Detective Marc Abramson with the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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

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Randolph Police Participating in No Shave November

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Participating in No Shave November

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that members of the Randolph Police Department will once again participate in No Shave November.

Officers who choose to participate will pledge $100 to Home Base in exchange for a month-long waiver from the department policy restricting facial hair growth.

Home Base is a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program dedicated to helping veterans — and their families — who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, have a traumatic brain injury, or other related conditions.

“This is a fun and impactful way our department can support veterans and their families,” Chief Pace said. “Home Base is a great cause and I am hoping that we can raise a lot of money for them this year.”

To learn more about Home Base, or to visit the RPD fundraising page, go to https://because.massgeneral.org/fundraiser/1651858.

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Randolph Police Host Successful Active Shooter Response Training Course

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Host Successful Active Shooter Response Training Course

Additional Training Courses Available to Those Who Apply

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department hosted a successful training course for community members about reacting to active shooter incidents.

The course, held on Oct. 17, taught participants about the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program. The training is meant to prepare civilians for the possibility that they could be targeted in a violent intruder event, giving them knowledge to help save their own lives and the lives of others before law enforcement arrives.

There were 27 participants in the class, which was held at the Randolph Intergenerational Community Center.

During the presentation an overview of past violent intruder cases was given.

“Participants were provided with a plan about how to properly react during a violent intruder event,” said Commander John Hamelburg, who taught the course. “This increased their knowledge on how to protect themselves and reduce dangers that come during such events.”

The participants were trained in the strategy of Avoid/Run, Deny/Hide, Defend/Fight:

  • Avoid Danger – This is the preferred option when dealing with a violent intruder situation and begins with awareness of your environment prior to any active, hostile act occurring. It also includes having a plan ahead of time regarding what you would do in an event of a violent intruder attack and knowing escapes routes.
  • Deny Access – If avoidance is not possible, find ways to prevent the attacker from having access to you and others around you. Close and lock doors, barricade doorways with furniture, etc.
  • Defend Yourself and Take Action – As a last resort, people have the right to defend themselves if they believe their lives are in imminent danger. It is important to remember that there are ways to stop threats created by a violent intruder without the use of a weapon. CRASE provides several alternatives, which are taught during the course.

Another presentation was given to employees of the Showcase Cinema move theater in Randolph last week.

Those who would like to schedule a CRASE training session at their business, school, place of worship or elsewhere can contact Randolph Police Commander John Hamelburg at [email protected] or call 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Chief Seeks to Notify Residents About Gas Maintenance Work

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police Chief Seeks to Notify Residents About Gas Maintenance Work

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to notify Randolph residents that Algonquin Gas will be performing maintenance work in Canton over the next five days and nearby residents may detect an odor of gas.

The gas utility will be working today until Monday, Nov. 5 at its valve site near Saddleback Lane in Canton, close to the Randolph town line.

The work requires small amounts of odorized natural gas to be released intermittently. There may also be loud noises associated with the work being done.

Algonquin Gas personnel will be on-site during the entirety of the maintenance work and will ensure that the work is conducted in a safe manner.

Local police and fire departments will be notified shortly before and at the conclusion of the controlled releases of natural gas, so that they can appropriately respond to any calls that they might receive.

Residents who have questions can call Algonquin Gas at 617-254-4050. As always if you have an emergency, call 911.

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Randolph Police to Offer Active Shooter Response Training Course Next Week

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

Randolph Police to Offer Active Shooter Response Training Course Next Week

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace would like to remind residents that the Randolph Police Department will offer community members a training session on reacting to active shooter incidents next week.

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training is meant to prepare civilians for the possibility that they could be targeted in a violent intruder event, giving them knowledge to help save their own lives and the lives of others before law enforcement arrives.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Randolph Intergenerational Community Center, 128 Pleasant St.

WHAT:

The Randolph Police Department is offering the two-hour class free of charge.

Participants will learn strategies about how to prepare for and respond to being confined inside a building during a violent intruder event. In addition, information will be provided about how to help law enforcement in such situations and limit casualties.

Individuals, businesses, churches, community groups and other types of organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The course was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University, and was designed around the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy.

To sign up for the training session, please contact Randolph Police Commander John Hamelburg at [email protected] or call 781-963-1212.

Any groups that would like to book the training session outside of Oct. 17 can also contact Commander Hamelburg to express their interest.

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