Randolph Stand Off Ends with Arrest 

The following is a news realease from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday morning the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office recieved a call at about 12:40 a.m., Deputy Jesse Dudda responded to a complaint of domestic violence at the residence of 20 year old Samuel Smith located on Water Street in the Town of Randolph. Upon arrival, Deputy Dudda was informed that Samuel Smith had been playing loud music all night. When he was confronted by his grandmother, he threw a piece of metal at her causing pain to her arm. The grandmother was crying at the time of the arrival of the Deputy. Deputy Dudda further learned that Samuel had recently been notified of his pending eviction and his erratic behavior concerned family members. Family members advised that Samuel has made threats in the past to shoot someone with a shotgun: they further advised that he had a loaded shotgun in his room. Attempts to contact Samuel met with negative results. Patrol units from the Hallowell and Gardiner Police Departments responded to the scene, rescue units from Randolph Fire Department and the Maine State Police tactical team formed a perimeter and began negotiations. An arrest warrant and search warrant were requested and authorized for the arrest of Samuel and for the search of the residence. At approximately 9:00 A.M. police negotiators taped his mothers voice, asking for him, to exit the home, which he did without incident. Upon surrendering to Deputies, Samuel was transported to the Kennebec County Correctional Facility where he awaits arraignment on Friday. A 12 Gauge shotgun was located in the bedroom as were 12 rounds of buckshot. He has been charged with Domestic Assault, Criminal Mischief and Creating a Police Standoff. Bail has been set at $2,000. Smith has had numerous arrests over the past two years including Assault, Burglary, Violation of Condition of Release, Criminal Mischief, Theft by Unauthorized Taking. He was convicted on one of the Theft Charges and served four days, all others charges are pending disposition at court. Sheriff Randall Liberty says, “ I’m very pleased that this incident was resolved without further violence. These situations are often difficult. In this case we had an act of domestic assault involving an elderly lady and family members were very concern with the potential for the use of a firearm. The actions taken by all responding Officers is commendable.”