Potential key witness in fatal Concord prison attack wanted in Maine for robbing, kidnapping man at knifepoint
A former Concord inmate and white supremacist gang member who was expected to testify this summer about a fatal 2010 prison attack is on the run in Maine after robbing and kidnapping a man there at knifepoint, according to police officials.
The assailant, 37-year-old Randall Chapman, is said to have fled from responding authorities late Monday night and was last seen heading toward the Androscoggin River in Rumford. Chapman was paroled to Maine in 2012 after a kill order was allegedly issued for him by his former prison gang, the Brotherhood of White Warriors.
The incident occurred about 10 p.m., Rumford police Chief Stacy Carter said. The victim, a 44-year-old unidentified man, told officers that Chapman assaulted him, stole cash and then forced him at knifepoint to drive to an ATM.
Officers in two parked cruisers responded when the victim suddenly veered toward them while en route to the machine. At that point, Carter said, Chapman slashed the man’s face and fled on foot toward the river.
Chapman was still at large as of yesterday, Carter said.
Chapman is a potential key witness in the July trial of William Edic, who is charged with helping fatally beat inmate Anthony Renzzulla at the Concord prison. Chapman, a prisoner at the time, admitted in 2012 to mopping up Renzzulla’s blood after the attack, according to a police affidavit.
Police detectives have said in affidavits that the assault was orchestrated by BOWW leaders who suspected Renzzulla of snitching on them to officials.
Chapman pleaded guilty in April 2012 to falsifying physical evidence in exchange for a one- to five-year prison sentence. According to an affidavit, BOWW members learned of the plea, assumed Chapman was working with authorities and issued a “terminate on sight” against him, according to a police affidavit.
Chapman agreed that August to testify against Edic and another suspect in the attack, Thomas Milton, who is also charged with second-degree murder, in exchange for suspension of his remaining sentence and a recommendation for immediate parole. He was released to Maine and has been living in Rumford, Carter said.
The kill order might not have been Chapman’s only motivation to talk, according to court documents filed in March by Edic’s public defenders. In a motion requesting Chapman’s and other potential witnesses’ disciplinary records, they said he took part in a prison brawl with another inmate in May 2012, just one month after his plea. That would have jeopardized his early release and provided incentive to testify against Edic and Milton.
The cases against both men were dropped by prosecutors in May 2012, but reinstated in June 2013. Edic and Milton are accused of brutally assaulting 44-year-old Renzzulla inside the facility July 26, repeatedly kicking him in the head until part of his skull caved in.
Renzzulla died of the injuries 16 months later.
(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, email@example.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)