*UPDATED* Randolph Police Clear from Hotel After No Threat Found

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

Randolph Police Clear from Hotel After No Threat Found

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a man staying at the Comfort Inn made threats regarding a “biological hazard” Friday afternoon.

The scene was cleared at approximately 2 p.m. after no threats were found.

A man has been detained by Randolph Police and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

At approximately noon, Randolph Police responded to the Comfort Inn, 1374 North Main St., for a report of a hotel guest that was refusing to leave his room after his stay had expired. The man made threats to a hotel employee about having a “biological hazard” inside of his room and made threats to harm himself.

The man was quickly located in a corridor near his hotel room and was detained by Randolph Police without incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the hotel was evacuated and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.

The incident remains under investigation by Randolph Police.

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Randolph Police Investigating Threats Made by Guest at Hotel

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

Randolph Police Investigating Threats Made by Guest at Hotel

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a man staying at the Comfort Inn made threats regarding a “biological hazard” Friday afternoon.

A man has been detained by Randolph Police and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation.

At approximately noon, Randolph Police responded to the Comfort Inn, 1374 North Main St., for a report of a hotel guest that was refusing to leave his room after his stay had expired. The man made threats to a hotel employee about having a “biological hazard” inside of his room and made threats to harm himself.

The man was quickly located in a corridor near his hotel room and was detained by Randolph Police without incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the hotel has been evacuated and the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad has been called in to investigate.

At this time, there is no reason to believe that the man’s threats were credible. The incident remains under active investigation.

Further information will be provided when it becomes available.

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Randolph Police Officers Honored with Award for Lifesaving Efforts

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 6, 2019

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

Randolph Police Officers Honored with Award for Lifesaving Efforts

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that three Randolph Police officers were honored today for their efforts in helping to save the life of a suicidal man last December, using the newly implemented Text-to-911 program.

Detective Kristen Gagnon, Officer Richard Lucey and Officer Scott Sherman received the Robert P. Dana Distinguished Service Award for Law Enforcement at a ceremony at Quincy District Court to celebrate Law Day today. The award was presented by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, Randolph Police Officer and Dispatcher Scott Sherman received a text via the newly implemented Text-to-911 program from a 23-year-old man who was threatening to kill himself.

Detective Kristen Gagnon and Officer Richard Lucey responded to a home on Highland Avenue where the text was sent from. The officers located the man inside of his bedroom closet having hanged himself with a shirt.

The officers quickly pulled the man out of the closet and began to render aid to him while calling for an ambulance. The man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he survived his injuries.

Law Day is an annual celebration throughout courthouses in Massachusetts which recognizes the role and importance of law in the state and society.

The awards ceremony was held at Quincy District Court with several local politicians and members of law enforcement in attendance. Sen. Edward Markey was the keynote speaker.

The Dana Award is named for Metropolitan Police Officer Robert Dana, who was shot and killed by a suspect during a traffic stop in Milton in 1984. Other police departments that received the Dana Award this year were the Holbrook Police, Cohasset Police and Weymouth Police.

“I want to commend our officers for their efforts in being able utilize a technology that was new to the department and used it to effectively saved this man’s life,” Chief Pace said. “The Dana Award is an incredibly high honor and I am glad our officers were recognized for their lifesaving actions that day.”

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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 Selling Patches to Raise Money for Autism Awareness

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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

Randolph Police Selling Patches to Raise Money for Autism Awareness

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department will be selling patches this month in order to raise money for autism awareness.

Throughout the month of April, people can purchase the Randolph Police autism awareness patches for $10 apiece. All of the proceeds from the patch sales will go directly to the New England chapter of Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. The organization is dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support.

“This is our first time participating in National Autism Awareness Month and we are thrilled to be partnering Autism Speaks,” Chief Pace said. “Autism touches so many people in our lives in one way or another. Our officers will be wearing the patches at select events throughout the month and we encourage everyone to stop by the station and purchase a patch to help support this great cause.”

Patches are available now at the Randolph Police Department, 41 South Main St. or by mailing a check or money order to:

Randolph Police Department

Attn: Officer Gilbert

41 South Main St.

Randolph, MA 02368

Checks or money orders can be made payable to: Randolph Police Department: Autism Awareness. Cash will also be accepted for the patches.

For more information call the Randolph Police Department business line at 781-963-1212 or email Officer Kevin Gilbert at [email protected]

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Randolph Police Arrest Suspect in String of Vandalism Incidents

RANDOLPH – Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested a man Friday night after he allegedly shot and broke the window of a bank with a BB gun.

Police responded at 9:02 p.m. Friday to a window break alarm at the Bank of Canton at 67 North Main St. Upon arrival, police found that a window of the building had been broken.

An investigation by police lead to a local restaurant parking lot where CHAD BORNSTEIN, 39, OF RANDOLPH was located. The investigation uncovered a BB gun and BORNSTEIN was placed under arrest and detained.

BORNSTEIN has been charged with Malicious Damage to Property Over $1,200.

Police requested and obtained a search warrant Friday at approximately 11:20 p.m. to search a Nelson Drive residence, where the investigation continued.

Further investigation by Randolph Police detectives has lead to BORNSTEIN being suspected in several additional vandalism and property damage incidents in town in recent months. Since Jan. 9, there have been more than 20 similar incidents of property damage in the North Main Street area.

Additional charges are likely to be added. This incident remains under investigation by Randolph Police detectives.

BORNSTEIN is being held on $1,000 bail, and is expected to be arraigned Monday at Quincy District Court.

“This case was brought to a conclusion through the collaboration and teamwork of our patrol and detective divisions,” Chief Pace said.  “Most of all, I am very relieved that this will hopefully bring an end to the property damage that our business community has endured over the past two months.”

No one was injured Friday night, or in any of the prior incidents involving malicious damage to property.

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

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Randolph and North Attleboro Police Departments Make 3-Year-Old Mikey Grover an Honorary Police Officer

Friday, March 1, 2019

For Immediate Release

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

Randolph and North Attleboro Police Departments Make 3-Year-Old Mikey Grover an Honorary Police Officer

NORTH ATTLEBORO — North Attleboro Police Chief John Reilly and Randolph Police Chief William Pace are pleased to announce that the two departments teamed up last night to make 3-year-old Mikey Grover an honorary police officer for his bravery and courage in dealing with congenital heart disease.

Over 80 people packed into the large conference room at the North Attleboro Police station Thursday night to see Mikey receive his honorary officer’s badge and some other gifts from the two police departments.

“Mikey was someone that we as police officers wanted on our team,” Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert said during the event. “Becoming an honorary officer comes with great responsibility. It is expected that the honorary officer keeps up the fight 24/7, 365 and never gives up, and I’m confident Mikey will do that.”

Mikey’s mother Julie Grover pinned the honorary officer’s badge on his shirt while the rest of his family stood nearby. He was given framed patches from both departments and State Representative Elizabeth Poirier presented Mikey with citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Massachusetts Senate.

The highlight for Mikey was the remote controlled police cruiser he received as a gift from the Randolph Police Department.

Mikey was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects the flow of blood through the heart, due to sections of the heart being underdeveloped. He was also born with heterotaxy, a rare condition where his major organs were developed in abnormal places in his chest and abdomen.

As a result of his conditions, Mikey has spent much of his young life receiving treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and has already undergone multiple open heart surgeries.

Through their time at the hospital, Julie Grover came up with the idea to make Mikey’s Brave Bags.

The gift bags are filled with items like toys, stuffed animals, coloring books, arts and crafts supplies, clothes, children’s books, snacks and more and are given to other families at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“We just donated 100 bags in February and we’re going to do more in the fall,” said Thomas Grover, Mikey’s father. “Thank you to everybody for donating all the goodies. We really appreciate that and I know the other families do too. Because it’s not just for the children, it’s for their siblings and their parents who have to stay there [at the hospital] as well and go through this nightmare that we do.”

Those who would like to donate items to Mikey’s Brave Bags can go to the Mikey Strong Facebook page and send a private message about donating for more details.

Following the ceremony, Mikey and some of his family and friends were given a tour of the North Attleboro Police station and Mikey made his first arrest, putting handcuffs on one of the officers and escorting him into a holding cell.

“This is what it’s all about,” Officer Gilbert said. “Mikey is such a brave kid and we’re honored to count him as one of our brothers now.”

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Randolph and North Attleboro Police Departments to Honor 3-Year-Old Boy with Congenital Heart Disease

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019

For Immediate Release

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

Randolph and North Attleboro Police Departments to Honor 3-Year-Old Boy with Congenital Heart Disease

Mikey Grover to be Made Honorary Police Officer

NORTH ATTLEBORO — North Attleboro Police Chief John Reilly and Randolph Police Chief William Pace are pleased to announce that the two police departments will be teaming up next week to make 3-year-old Mikey Grover an honorary police officer for his bravery and courage in dealing with congenital heart disease.

The North Attleboro boy will be pinned with a police badge, receive certificates of commendation and will be given other items from the police departments during the event.

WHEN:

Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

WHERE:

North Attleboro Police Department, 102 South Washington St.

WHAT:

Mikey was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects the flow of blood through the heart, due to sections of the heart being underdeveloped. He was also born with heterotaxy, a rare condition where his major organs were developed in abnormal places in his chest and abdomen.

As a result of his conditions, Mikey has spent much of his young life receiving treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and has already undergone two open heart surgeries.

Through it all, the boy lives a happy life with his parents, Thomas and Julie, and three older sisters in North Attleboro.

Last year, Randolph Police Officer Kevin Gilbert heard about Mikey’s story and reached out to the family to see how he could help. Mikey’s parents told Officer Gilbert about Mikey’s Brave Bags, an initiative started by the Grover family where they put together care packages for other sick children in the hospital, helping to provide them and their families some comfort during the most difficult of times.

“When I first spoke to Thomas and Julie, I couldn’t believe what they were doing,” Officer Gilbert said. “Here their son is going through so much and fighting for his life, and not only are they helping and supporting him as best as they can, but they’re also looking to help other families that are in similar situations, people that they don’t even know. They really are an amazing family.”

Inside of Mikey’s Brave Bags are items like toys, stuffed animals, coloring books, arts and crafts, clothes, children’s books, snacks and more. Earlier this month, the family donated dozens of the gift bags to kids and their families at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Through providing donations to Mikey’s Brave Bags and getting to know the Grover family, Officer Gilbert began including items from the police department such as patches and stickersEventually, Mikey told his mother that he loves police officers and Officer Gilbert came up with the idea to make the boy an honorary police officer for his bravery and courage in his fight.

Because he is from North Attleboro, it was decided that the Randolph Police would team up with NAPD to give the Grover family a special day at their department.

“Hearing about Mikey’s story and his wonderful family really puts things in perspective,” Chief Reilly said. “While he will be made a police officer for a day, Mikey truly is a hero every day and we are honored to be hosting the Grover family at the police station next week.”

Chief Pace said, “Officer Gilbert is one of our most charitable officers, who often goes above and beyond the call of duty to selflessly help others in need. When I heard about Mikey and what he has gone through and Officer Gilbert’s idea to make him an honorary police officer, I thought it would be a great way to recognize Mikey and bring attention to congenital heart disease and the noble cause his parents are undertaking with Mikey’s Brave Bags.”

Those who would like to donate items to Mikey’s Brave Bags can go to the Mikey Strong Facebook page and send a private message about donating for more details.

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A Statement From Randolph Police Chief William Pace

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

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

A Statement From Randolph Police Chief William Pace

“A member of the Randolph Police Department has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest outside of his Brockton home while off duty over the weekend. Officer Glenn Frazier, a 24-year veteran of the department, will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Brockton Police investigation and an internal review of the facts by the Randolph Police Department.”

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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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