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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Randolph Crime Rate Drops 10% Over Past Year, Down 36% in Past Decade

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace and Town Manager Brian Howard are pleased to share that Randolph’s 2019 crime statistics show a third consecutive annual decrease in the town’s crime rate.

According to the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) statistics submitted by the Town of Randolph, the total number of reported crimes dropped from 1,237 in 2018 to 1,105 in 2019, a 10% decrease.

The total number of violent crimes dropped 10% from 2018 to 2019. Aggravated assaults were down over 10% and motor vehicle thefts remained at 33 reported incidents. Crimes against property were down from 740 incidents in 2018 to 639 incidents in 2019. Part B crimes such as disorderly conduct or quality of life offenses decreased by 17% in 2019.

The statistics also show a 36% decrease in reported crimes in Randolph over the past decade.

“I am very pleased with the recent crime statistics, which are proof that the work the men and women of the Randolph Police Department do everyday pays off,” Town Manager Howard said.

“The safety of the community is our number one priority,” Chief Pace said. “Even with crime statistics showing a downward trend, our department’s call volume continues to increase and diversify each year. To respond to this, we have trained an officer in commercial motor vehicle enforcement and there are plans to focus on other quality of life concerns in the coming year, including increased traffic enforcement, pedestrian safety and drunk and drugged driving patrols. I am proud that our department has been successful not only in reducing crime, but has made service enhancements as well.”

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Randolph Police Department Reminds Residents of Upcoming Hands-Free Law for Drivers

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department would like to remind residents of the upcoming hands-free law for drivers.

On Feb. 23, An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving will go into effect prohibiting drivers from using cellphones and other hand-held devices while operating a vehicle. There will be a grace period through March 31 in which drivers will get a warning for their first violation rather than a fine.

The law states that no motor vehicle operator may use electronic devices while driving unless the technology is being used hands-free. Operators found to be texting, dialing phone numbers or using a phone with their hands in any capacity while driving will be fined.

Operators are permitted to use hands-free technology including Bluetooth, “single tap or swipe” to activate or deactivate hands-free mode, navigation technology mounted to the car’s dash and phone use in emergency situations. Drivers may use their phones if they are stationary and not in an active traffic lane.

The penalty for drivers who are found guilty of violating the hands-free law is a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for a third or subsequent offense. Operators who commit a second or subsequent offense are also required to complete an educational program focused on distracted driving prevention. A third or subsequent violation will count as a surchargeable incident which can affect the driver’s insurance rates.

The act also includes a requirement that law enforcement agencies report data on violations. The data collected by law enforcement will be available to the public.

The law does not apply to first responders who are on duty and driving emergency service vehicles.

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Randolph Police to Hold Alzheimer’s Awareness Fundraiser Starting This Week

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph Police Department is planning a fundraising campaign to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness starting this week.

As part of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign, the department will be partnering with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to sell special purple shoulder patches with the Alzheimer’s ribbon on them.

Patches will go on sale starting Thursday, Jan. 2. A total of 300 special patches are available for sale, and the fundraiser will last until the supply runs out.

The cost of the patches is $10 each.

“The Randolph Police Department is honored to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Our hope is that with this donation, we can assist those in need of vital services and strengthen patient care for those fighting this disease,” Chief Pace said. “We hope that we can positively represent members of our community, and their families, who are battling this disease.”

Randolph Police will be donating funds from the campaign to the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Randolph Police have had great success in the past with the Pink Patch Project and the Autism Awareness Project, and they encourage residents to participate in this latest fundraiser as well.

To purchase a purple patch as part of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign, visit the Randolph Police Station at 41 South Main St., or send a check for $10 to:

Randolph Police Department

Attn: Det. Kevin Gilbert
Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign
41 South Main Street
Randolph MA, 02368

According to the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s
  • More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia
  • In 2019, Alzheimer’s care will cost the United States approximately $290 billion
  • Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s

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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 Investigating Early Morning Shooting

 

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting that left a man with serious injuries. 

The Randolph Police Department responded to the Mobile Gas Station at 1245 North Main St. at 1:14 a.m. today for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police learned after an initial investigation that a man who appears to be in his mid to late 20s wearing a light blue baseball cap, grey Nike sweatshirt with the slogan “Just Do It,” jeans and white sneakers with black laces, had entered the gas station and had an altercation with another man inside. The suspect then exited the gas station and seconds later fired three gun shots into the building, striking the other man.

The victim was transported by to an area hospital with injuries that are believed to be serious, but not life threatening. 

The suspect fled the scene in a 2007 Grey Honda Accord, and the vehicle was recovered later this morning, unoccupied, in Dorchester. 

Randolph Police are actively investigating this incident, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact them at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph/Holbrook Cheerleaders to Host “Back the Blue” Rally This Weekend

RANDOLPH — Police Chief William Pace is pleased to announce that the Randolph/Holbrook Pop Warner Cheerleaders are holding a “Back the Blue” rally this coming weekend.

WHEN:

Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:

The Randolph Intergenerational Community Center, 128 Pleasant St., Randolph.

WHAT:

As part of the rally, cheerleaders will be showing off special cheers for law enforcement officers and sharing information on supporting local police. 

This is the first time that the cheerleaders, who are a staple at football games in town, will be holding this type rally. It is being coordinated by the team’s head coach, Jenn Abramson.

“We are grateful for the support of the cheerleaders and encourage residents to attend the rally on Saturday,” Det. Kevin Gilbert said. “It will be a terrific opportunity for the community to meet us and learn more about what we do.”

The cheerleaders will also be supporting breast cancer awareness at this event.

The rally is free to attend. 

The Randolph/Holbrook Pop Warner Cheerleaders recently qualified for a national tournament at Walt Disney World in Florida, and donations can be made at the rally to help fund the trip. 

Members of the Randolph Police Department will also be on site to meet with members of the community. The rally comes after the RPD participated in the Pink Patch Project, where officers wore pink patches during the month of October to raise awareness as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This was the third year in a row Randolph police wore pink patches as part of the project. 

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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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