ONLY ON 3: Man admits stabbing girlfriend at hospital, considers suicide

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Submitted: Fri, 04/05/2013 - 3:59am
Updated: Fri, 04/05/2013 - 6:23pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is in custody today after stabbing his girlfriend at New Hanover Regional Medical Center last night. Today, Josef Anthony Randolph, 28, confessed to the crime during a jailhouse interview with WWAY.

Randolph says he was visiting his girlfriend’s mother with his girlfriend and his daughter when it all happened. He said he and his girlfriend got into an argument about whether he had taken his medicine for bipolar disorder. He says rage overcame him, and he took a knife out of his pocket and stabbed her once in the neck.

“It was just like a tap, like it was once. It wasn’t like a repeated thing,” he said.

Randolph says he got upset when his girlfriend asked if he had taken his medicine for bipolar disorder. He also said was under the influence of alcohol when he pulled a knife from his restaurant job out of his pocket.

“A little, tiny, old knife that you just like cut vegetables with,” Randolph said.

Randolph is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by strangulation, assault and battery and child abuse, because it happened in front of his daughter.

“My child was right there and witnessed it,” Randolph said. “That is the worst thing you could ever do.”

The hospital says its police force took Randolph into custody, but he escaped. Randolph saw his departure differently.

“I was sitting there, and I didn’t have no handcuffs. I wanted to go smoke a cigarette, so I left,” he said. “I just went up the street. I called them where I was at. I ain’t running like on the run.”

Wilmington Police arrested Randolph at a home on South 15th Street early Thursday morning.

Sitting in jail, Randolph says he now has nothing to live for.

“Suicide. That’s all I’m thinking,” he said. “And if you don’t see me soon, you know where I’m at.”

Randolph said he deeply regrets what he did and that his girlfriend was the love of his life. The hospital could not give us her condition.

Department of Corrections records show Randolph has prior convictions for drug possession. He also has a pending court date in Pender County for traffic charges and a June appearance schedule in New Hanover County for resisting a public officer and intoxicated and disruptive, according to court records.

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29 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Man admits stabbing girlfriend at hospital, considers suicide"

dwarf quail
2015 years 8 months ago

I fail to see how a “tap” on the neck could cause the kind of situation that occurred at the hospital. Not sure how you strangle someone by tapping them with a knife either.

I fail to see how anyone, ever could think that stabbing someone in the neck, even with a “little, tiny, old knife” is remotely excusable under any circumstances, especially when that person is holding an infant.

I fail to see how this guy’s claim of having bipolar disorder makes a bit of difference. About 1% of the population has bipolar disorder, and the vast majority of those people take care of themselves and live happy, peaceful, productive lives. This guy is trying to use bipolar disorder as a copout. He doesn’t deserve sympathy, forgiveness, or anything other than a nice, long, jail term.

2015 years 8 months ago


Anne Smith
2015 years 8 months ago

They don’t have restricted visiting hours. They close up the front doors at 9, but besides ICU, there are no visiting restrictions, and many doors left open for visitors. No where except for the ED and the women’s and children’s hospital has visitors check in. And even there it is pretty slack.

2015 years 8 months ago

WOW shows alot of respect to the other people that are sick in the hospital. HOw did this guy get up on the 8th floor when visiting hours are over at 9. Why didn’t someone question him? what if he had ran into another room ??? or worse open fire. I think the SPECIAL police need to be doing a better job on walking the halls.

2015 years 8 months ago

The hospital admin. has a open visitation. People come and go all hours of the night. I dont agree with it at all but they say it helps with the healing. And for the police at the hospital doesn’t have enough staff. Also the front doors are locked but I cant tell you how many times I have seen the nursing staff just open the door and let them in.

2015 years 8 months ago

Yes. Spend $110,000,000 more, and post a cop at each door. People are supposed to check in. Most people are assumed to be normal. You are the same person who probably would be yelling “Racial Profiling”, if they would have stopped him, or “harassed” him by ascertaining his credentials.

More then likely, the nurse saw something bad happening, she called the Police, and a low-life, thug, monster, was arrested. If you want to blame, or sue,someone, sue deadbeat, baby’s-daddy,who committed the crime. The police, and overworked nurses, can’t babysit all of them.

Anne Howard
2015 years 8 months ago

NHRMC has an open visitation policy.

Monique m
2015 years 8 months ago

My mom do work there but she.was sick that day n was in the hospital

2015 years 8 months ago

Birch tell the media how the baby is not his or how you introduced him to a drug that causes hallucinations or how you sold your body in every public housing in Wilmington or how you sent threats on his life or how you sent ultrasounds to other men while you were pregnant or how you told him you would put his child in a casket.tell the media what the argument was over.a DNA test that came back “not the father”.or how you started dating him while he was involved with a baby on the way or how the last 4 men you were involved with are all in the new Hanover county jail or how every single man you called your man had pregnant girlfriends or how your last victims all said you introduced them to boat.shall I continue??? Yes ‘s.monique Antoinette Martin is a actual escort that ruins homes and destroy these young Mr.Randolph is wrong for his actions.yet there are two sides of every her background.she is a actual devil and loves this attention.sad and this is not the first man that tried to harm her background

another tax payer
2015 years 8 months ago

I understood that the Mother works at the hospital and was not a patient.

Can anyone confirm?

2015 years 8 months ago

NHRMC special police are police officers who only work 4 the hospital…they are not security guards.

2015 years 8 months ago

Can someone please explain why WPD doesn’t have jurisdiction over the hospital? Hospital staff can not have the same training as WPD. I am sure they have to go through BLET training but really isn’t the hospital in the city limits?

2015 years 8 months ago

their own police force.

2015 years 8 months ago

WPD does have jurisdiction at the hospital but the hospital has their own police force.

2015 years 8 months ago

They are not regular ‘security guards”. I have heard stories of the special police from the hospital making arrest in SC for crimes committed on the hospital campus. I do not have any information on the level of their training or how it compares to an average municipal police force, but they are not “normal” hospital staff.

2015 years 8 months ago

Wilmington Police do have enforcement authority at NHHN, however, like Corning, GE and other large businesses, they have their own form of police force or security. Their defined function is providing protection to patients, staff, visitors and others just as the Wilmington Police Department does to the city of Wilmington. The Wilmington Police Department does act as a back-up to the Hospital Police when it is called which is fine because believe me, we, taxpayers, do not want our police department to become intangled with the workings of the hospital just as we don’t want our Sheriff’s Department getting involved with the operations of other big companies like Corning or GE.

2015 years 8 months ago

The guy used to work at the hospital (Janitorial Services I believe) so he may have been considered a trusted person to the nurses on the floor.

Special Police has the same abilities as WPD or any other police officer. They do require BLET but I know a good few of these guys were police officers before they took a job at the hospital. Yes they are also understaffed far as I’m concerned. WPD are generally always on site in the ED or on various floors for other inmates so they had plenty of WPD on site as well to help with the search.

2015 years 8 months ago

Guess thats a “No”, he didnt take his meds.

2015 years 8 months ago

Because the companies that manufacture violent video games produce these types of games for adult audiences. The majority of gamers in this country are between the ages of 18 and 35. The video game industry also has the highest enforcement of ratings of any entertainment industry (much higher than movies and music). Please see the following FTC Secret Shopper report:

To quote: Video games. Unchanged from 2010, 13 percent of underage teenage shoppers were able to buy M-rated video games – the highest level of compliance among the industries.

Let me say that again. “the highest level of compliance among the industries”. If you want to blame someone for kids playing M rated games, blame the parents that are buying them for their kids.

And before you say “Parents don’t know how violent these games are!” let me point out that all games have their ESRB rating prominently displayed on both front and back of the box. And before you say that parents don’t know what those ratings mean, let me point out that the ESRB goes out of their way to make the ratings explanation available both at stores and on their websites. So if parents are buying these games for their kids it is simply their own lack of responsibility and, in general, poor parenting skills.

Please find a new scapegoat.

2015 years 8 months ago

Your grasp on the law is mind boggling. Child abuse, the statute in North Carolina also includes language to the effect of: creates or allows to be created an environment which was/potentially could have been injurious to the child.

He is guilty of child abuse as well. Charges appropriate.

2015 years 8 months ago

I can agree with all the charges but child abuse. If this is the case, why are the companies that manufacture violent video games kids play also not charged with the same thing? In my opinion, this is trumped up BS. However, as for him threatening suicide, just give him the means and let nature take its course. This guy is a treat to everyone he comes into contact with.

hedgehog bird
2015 years 8 months ago

I fail to see how someone who is holding a baby while visiting her sick mother in the hospital can possibly say or do ANYTHING that would justify stabbing her in the throat.

I don’t know what planet you come from, but on this one, when someone “instigates” us to the point where we want to “snap”, the accepted response is to turn around and walk away. Stabbing someone in the throat while she is holding a baby and visiting her sick mother in the hospital is just not acceptable, ever, no matter how angry you are.

Regardless of how “nice” the perpetrator was to you and your staff, he just tried to kill someone who was holding a baby while visiting her sick mother in the hospital. He also has a history of violent, dangerous behavior. Your judgment of this guy was mistaken.

2015 years 8 months ago

There are always two sides to a story. I knew this man personally and worked with him. He respected me, my staff, and everyone around him. I’m NOT trying to justify his actions because obviously what he did was wrong and cannot be taken back, but this man worked 60 hours a week trying to make a living for his girlfriend and several kids. I’m sure his girlfriend instigated him to the point where he snapped especially with his bipolar condition. Don’t think I feel sorry for him, but I do know him and I know that he was a nice man.

2015 years 8 months ago

NHHN does have it’s own police force, however in recent years the hospital police force has been as much compromised as every other department there. It’s business expense and that is the way the hospital administration looks at their Special Police Force. Like many other departments within the hospital that have sustained budget cuts, the hospital police have been no exception. Now it’s not a sure thing to say that with additional officers this could have been avoided, however, had it been the case then one would noot have been able to justify the increased cost required for additional police coverage because the additional coverage may have prevented this from happening. Therefore no data would exist to further justify the increased police staff. There is also the fact that the percentage of the profit must be maintained for stability and to pay administrators that do not do work directly related to patient care and administrative cost not directly related to patient care. Just remember that NHHN is a business and like any other business, it must survive so as harsh as it may sound and while no administrator there or in any other business will openly admit, that means they must think of profits first. It’s a sad state of affiars when it comes down to the safety and security of patients, staff and visitors vs profits and the latter must be chosen.

2015 years 8 months ago

The Hospital Police are in charge at the hospital, they probably didn’t all WPD, because they were handling the investigation into the crime on their own. Hospital Police have the same law enforcement authority, including powers of arrest, that WPD and NHCSO possess. Their jurisdiction is on any property owned by NHRMC, including offices outside the main hospital. NHRMC owns lots of property, so the officers they have on shift have quite a bit of ground to cover. They can request assistance from WPD if they feel that they aren’t capable of handling a situation, and historically, those situations have happened occasionally.

2015 years 8 months ago

If the WPD has jurisdiction at the hospital, why did the hospital police wait 5 hrs and only called for help when he escaped? I just heard that from another news outlet. They said that he escaped after 5 hours and was he was changing from bloody clothes..I am really confused on who is in charge at the hospital.

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 8 months ago

seems to me. Once society decides to actually punish scum like this we can move ahead. Until then the innocents will pay the price.

2015 years 8 months ago

…with that smug look at the mug camera. He needs to go to the “Greyrock Inn” for a few years, maybe that’ll take that smile off his face after committing violence on a female! PUNK!

2015 years 8 months ago

Read carefully what Mr. Randolph said in his statements. He is just another thug who is working the system. As a “suicide risk” he is not normally put in the regular detention population, but given a single cell. A private room if you will. He is building his mentally incompetent plea so he will do a very short stay at a mental facility and hit the streets again.