Authorities arrest son of slain Randolph man, seek information from public

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A barefoot Randolph man was arrested Friday morning hiding in the bushes near Greystone Psychiatric Hospital, and charges against him are pending in connection with the death of his father, found dead at his Randolph home Thursday night from a gunshot to the head, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said.

Brendon Matos, 25, was arrested on July 8 in connection with the death of his father, Nelson Matos, 56, of Randolph.
Brendon Matos, 25, was arrested on July 8 in connection with the death of his father, Nelson Matos, 56, of Randolph.

Brendon Matos, 25, was arrested at 6:55 am today, July 8, off Old Dover Road, within the grounds of Greystone in Parsippany, by Parsippany Police Officer Gerritt Tosh.

The body of Brendon’s father, Nelson Matos, 56, was found about seven hours earlier, on July 7, on his kitchen floor in a pool of blood. Randolph police had been sent to the house after Nelson Matos’ car was found abandoned in the brush near Central Avenue in the Greystone complex by Human Services Police earlier in the evening.

Randolph police observed what appeared to be a bullet hole in the kitchen window of the Matos home, and saw the body through a rear sliding glass door.

Brendon Matos was shoeless, “disheveled…cut up and bruised” when he was found in the woods, Prosecutor Bianchi said, characterizing the injuries as those that one would get from walking barefoot through woods . ┬áThe man was on the opposite side of the sprawling Greystone complex from where the car had been found. He did not resist arrest, the Prosecutor said.

The Prosecutor asked anyone with information about Brendon Matos’ activities on July 7 to call Randolph police at 973-989-7010, or the Morris Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-2900, or the Morris Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers program at 973-COPCALL.

Authorities are looking for a handgun and a rifle; beyond that, few details were released at a press conference Friday morning in Morristown. The Prosecutor said 14 agencies were involved in the investigation and investigators were weary after a long night.

“Mr. Matos will be charged in connection with the death of his father,” the Prosecutor said in a statement.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi, center, is flanked by Randolph Police Chief Robert Mason, left, and First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante. They are asking the public for information as they investigate the death of Nelson Matos of Randolph. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi, center, is flanked by Randolph Police Chief Robert Mason, left, and First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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