Maine police capture potential key witness in Concord murder trial
The police in Maine said they have arrested a former Concord inmate who was thought to be a key witness in a pending New Hampshire murder trial one week after he allegedly robbed a man at knifepoint in Rumford.
Rumford police Chief Stacy Carter said in a statement that authorities captured the man, Randall Chapman, about 3 a.m. in Gray, Maine, nearly 60 miles southeast of where the May 19 incident allegedly took place. Carter said last week that Chapman assaulted and robbed an unidentified 44-year-old man, and then forced him to drive to an ATM. Authorities were notified en route, at which point Chapman allegedly slashed the man’s face and fled on foot toward the Androscoggin River.
Chapman has been charged with robbery and kidnapping, both felonies. Carter said a state police tactical team located the 37-year-old at a residence on Route 100 and took him into custody after he tried to flee the area. He was taken to the Oxford County jail, Carter said.
Chapman was paroled to Maine in 2012 after agreeing to testify against Concord inmate William Edic, who is accused of helping brutally attack fellow inmate Anthony Renzzulla in 2010. Renzzulla died 16 months later from his injuries. Chapman also admitted to helping move Renzzulla’s limp body and mopping up his blood.
According to court documents, Chapman’s former prison gang, the Brotherhood of White Warriors, of which Edic is a member, issued a kill order against him after learning of the deal with prosecutors.
Edic’s second-degree murder trial is scheduled to begin in late July.
(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)