RANDOLPH (CBS) – Police say a Massachusetts man led officers on a chase with his grandmother in the car after he took her out of a nursing home and attempted withdraw $1,000 from her bank account.
Randolph Police arrested Patrick Laubenstein, 27, on Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with uttering a forged instrument, abuse or neglect of an elderly person, operating to endanger and failure to stop for police. In addition, Laubenstein had outstanding warrants.READ MORE: The Big E Returns to West Springfield, Masks Required Indoors
Officers were called to Envision Bank on North Main Street around 1:30. Randolph Police say Laubenstein was at the drive-thru and attempted to take money from his grandmother’s account.
The teller did not give Laubenstein any money. He drove off before officers arrived.
Police tried to pull Laubenstein over a short distance later. He did not stop and eventually drove onto Route 24 and Interstate 93 North with police in pursuit.
During the chase, officers learned Laubenstein had taken his grandmother out of a nursing home earlier in the day. When they discovered the 81-year-old was in the car, they called off the pursuit.READ MORE: 7-Year-Old Girl Grazed By Bullet On Talbot Ave. In Dorchester
Laubenstein’s attorney said the grandmother was not harmed. “No one said anything about her being distressed, abused, neglected or in any way mistreated,” Laubenstein’s attorney Neil Madden said. “She was willingly along for the ride.”
Before he was arrested, Laubenstein went to an old friend’s house in Milton. The friend’s mother didn’t want him there. “I said what are you doing here, you’re not supposed to be coming in this house,” said Jaclyn DiBona. “He says ‘nana is outside, if the cops come by you tell them I’m not in here.’”
DiBona told him to get out of the house.
Laubenstein was arrested and his grandmother was found safe nearby.MORE NEWS: 'A Calamitous State': Boston Think Tank Has Dire Predictions For MBTA's Future
He was held in $7500 bail Wednesday. If he gets out, the judge ordered him to stay away from his grandmother.