William Pace, Police Chief
41 South Main St.
Randolph, MA 02368
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Randolph Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash after Armed Robbery
RANDOLPH — Commander John Hamelburg reports that the Randolph Police Department, with the assistance of the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that is believed to be connected to an armed robbery that occurred in town Wednesday afternoon.
At approximately 3 p.m., a man walked into Super Mart, located at 1151 North Main St., armed with a sawed-off shotgun and demanding money from the clerk. During the robbery, the man fired the shotgun into the floor of the store. No one was injured, and the store clerk was the only other person in the store at the time of the incident. The suspect escaped in a vehicle with an undisclosed quantity of cash.
Randolph Police broadcast a description of the suspect and of a blue 2009 Pontiac G6 sedan he was driving.
Shortly afterward, the Holbrook Police Department located a vehicle matching the description given over the air at a Holbrook home. The suspect, later identified as a 37-year-old Holbrook man, was in the driveway near the vehicle. He refused to adhere to multiple commands given to him by officers.
Eventually he got back into the Pontiac and drove out of the driveway, nearly striking the responding officers.
Holbrook Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled, leading police on a pursuit from Holbrook and eventually back into Randolph. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the pursuit ended when the driver crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed head-on into another vehicle near 306 Union St. in Randolph.
The man sustained serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The man’s identity is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.
The male driver of the other vehicle was transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
This crash and the robbery are being actively investigated by the Randolph Police Department.
Anyone with information about the robbery or crash is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.
No further information will be released at this time.