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Ex-Tultex executive recovers from stabbing

Thursday, July 11, 2013

From Bulletin and AP reports

RICHMOND — Former Tultex Corp. executive and state public safety secretary O. Randolph Rollins is recovering from a stabbing during a struggle with an intruder.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Monday at a residence in the Carillon neighborhood in Richmond.

Rollins’ brother-in-law, John Franck of Martinsville, said Wednesday that Rollins and his wife, Martha Franck Rollins, formerly of Martinsville, were asleep in the Richmond home when the incident occurred.

Richmond police spokesman James Mercante said the homeowner went downstairs and found an intruder in the residence. He was stabbed several times by the other man during a struggle but was able to get the intruder out of the house.

John Franck said Rollins’ injuries were not life-threatening. A friend of the family, Constance Lynn, said Rollins was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday, but Franck said he was not sure if that happened.

Franck said his sister was not hurt in the incident.

Accordng to the Times-Dispatch website, the suspect remained at large.

Rollins became executive vice president and general counsel of Tultex Corp. in 1994 and was named president and chief executive officer in August 1999, several months before the company filed for bankruptcy and later closed.

Rollins served as secretary of public safety from 1990 to 1994 during former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder’s administration.

The Times-Dispatch reported that Rollins, a retired lawyer, is the founder of Drive to Work, an organization that helps lower-income residents get their driving privileges restored so they can hold steady jobs.


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