October 29, 2014
PUBLIC SAFETY NEWS
On October 29, 2014 at 1:27am, Hartford Police Department Officers responded to a ShotSpotter notification of "multiple shots fired" at 198 Jefferson Street. Upon arrival officers located the victim, a Hispanic male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body. The victim was unresponsive and pronounced deceased at 1:36am by responding EMS personnel. A crime scene was established and secured. Homicide Detectives from the Major Crimes Division responded and actively investigating.
The victim has been identified as Jose O'Casio (4/24/90) of 833 Park Street in Hartford, CT and next of kin have been notified. The victim was on probation at the time of his death. This is the 13th homicide of 2014.
Anyone with information is asked to call HPD/MCD Homicide LT Brandon O'Brien (860) 757-4089; or web tips can be submitted using the "Submit an anonymous Tip" link on the right of the page.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Halloween is an exciting night of the year and a particularly special treat for young children. It is also an important time to be extra vigilant for potential safety hazards. The Hartford Police Department wants everyone to have a happy, fun, and safe Halloween by following these tips.
PARENTS AND TRICK OR TREATERS
Always escort your children and carry a flashlight. Wear bright colored or reflective clothing. When possible, stay in well-lighted areas. Consider placing reflective or glow in the dark tape on your children's costumes. Walk on the sidewalks and not in the middle of the street. Use cross walks properly and look in all directions when crossing the street.
Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating. Instruct your children NEVER to enter any homes. Do not trick-or-treat by yourself. Never approach a car offering candy.
Be a responsible parent. Set a specific time for your child/children to be out and always know who is trick-or-treating with your children. Inspect all treats before allowing children to eat them. Give out only commercially wrapped candy.
Understand that children wearing masks will have restricted vision. Avoid having children carry replica firearms, swords, or toys which can be mistaken for the real thing.
Turn on your porch light so children know it is all right to visit your home. If you are placing a Jack-O-Lantern on your porch, place a glow stick inside instead of a candle.
Never invite children into your home. Keep pets away from children and Maintain clear walkways that are free from obstruction.
Immediately notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity.
Drive slowly and with extreme caution on Halloween! Look for children walking on the street, running, and darting in between parked vehicles. Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways.
PLEASE avoid using your cell phone while driving!
Play your music at a reasonable volume so you can listen for potential children crossing your path.
Never drink and drive!
May 27, 2014 12:36pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were responded to 388 Garden Street, after a private duty police officer reported hearing gunshots in the area. Responding officers located a 22yo male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was shot once in the chest and transported by private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital. HPD Major Crimes Division Detectives assumed the investigation. Initially listed critical after surgery, the victim has since recovered.
On June 11, 2014 at approximately at 2:43am HPD received a ShotSpotter activation, at 26 Vine St., for a single shot in the street. At 2:44am Patrol Officers found the victim lying prone in street, in front of 44 Vine St, suffering from a single GSW to the chest. He was transport to St. Francis Hospital where was pronounced at 6:44am. HPD Major Crimes Division Detectives assumed this investigation as well.
Citizens provided verified information to detectives, and intelligence was developed which lead to Cleveland Brown, 09/24/93 (21), of Hartford, being identified as the shooter in the May 27th assault. Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Brown. On September 23, 2014 Brown was taken into custody by a by Patrol Officers. Brown was booked, arrested and charged with Assault if the 1st Degree and Carrying a Pistol without a permit. Brown was given a $500,000 bond. Brown has been incarcerated since his September 23rd arrest.
While Brown was incarcerated, investigators continued to develop leads into the June 11th murder to Taylor. On October 21, 2014, Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division Homicide Detectives applied for and obtained another arrest warrant for Cleveland Brown, this one for Murder 53a-54 charging him with the homicide of Tyron Taylor. (Charge: CGS 53a-54a – Murder). The arrest warrant will be served at Brown's next court appearance.
On October 20th, 2014, at 3:41pm, a Hartford Police Department North Community Service Officer observed a GMC Terrain operating at a high rate of speed south on Garden Street from Westland Street. The officer began to follow the vehicle as it turned west on Nelson Street. At that point the vehicle stopped and the front passenger, McKeithan, exited the vehicle with a laptop bag. McKeithan dropped the bag then quickly entered back into the vehicle. The officer exited his vehicle and retrieved the bag as the vehicle sped off west on Nelson Street towards Enfield Street. The officer quickly broadcasted the vehicle's description and direction of travel. Another North Community Service Officer, who was in the area, was able to stop the vehicle near Nelson Street at Enfield Street. Patrol officers responded quickly as back up and assisted as both parties were taken into custody without further incident. Within the laptop bag retrieved by the officer was the below listed Tec 9 firearm.
Arrest #1: Angel Gonzalez, 27, Hartford CT.
1. Seat Belt Violation
2. Operating w/ Suspended License
3. Possession Controlled Substance
4. PWITS Controlled Substance
5. Possession Assault Weapon
6. Possession High Capacity Magazine
7. Criminal Possession Firearm
8. Theft of Firearm
9. Weapons in M/V
10. Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit.
Arrest #2; Jerry McKeithan, 30, of Hartford CT.
1. Possession Assault Weapon
2. Possession High Capacity Magazine
3. Criminal Possession Firearm
4. Theft of Firearm
5. Weapons in M/V
6. Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit.
Suspect Vehicle; 2014 GMC Terrain color Gray, Kansas Registration 976GAU (rental).
Seized Firearm; Intratec Model AB-10 (TEC-9) 9mm semi-automatic Assault Weapon w/ 30 round
magazine containing 18 live rounds, Firearm listed in NCIC as stolen out of, Hartford CT, on 5/21/2003
36 rounds of loose 9mm ammunition.
Less than 4 ounces of Marijuana.
$481.00 in U.S. Currency
On October 16, 2014 at 6:30pm members of the Hartford Police Department South Conditions Unit (SCU) responded to the area of 25 Lincoln Street in response to a citizen complaint of shots fired. SCU Investigators were able to locate a witness whom provided a suspect description and direction of travel. The listed arrested party, whom fit the provided suspect description, was then located and detained in the rear of 10 Lincoln Street by SCU investigators and members of the Shooting Task Force (STF) arrived on scene to assist in the investigation. A subsequent on scene investigation led to the recovery of the listed stolen firearm, and the positive identification of the arrested party. An extensive area canvass was conducted in search of evidence, and/or possible victims, yielding negative results. The arrested party, during a post Miranda interview, provided a sworn written confession in regards to the incident.
Arrested: Verhjanish Castaneda-Morales, 21 of Hartford, CT
1. Carrying a Pistol w/out a Permit
2. Possession Stolen Firearm
3. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
4. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
5. Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree
Recovered Stolen Firearm: (1) Ruger 9mm semi-auto, Model LC, Handgun (s/n 32013002), and (2) magazines containing (8) live 9mm rounds (picture below)
October 15, 2014
The Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Fire Fighter Association, IAFF 760, would like to thank everyone that has supported us through these difficult times. We are still working to ensure that the Bell and Martinez families receive the support that they are deserving of. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
The Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Fire Fighter Association, IAFF 760, are selling Kevin L. Bell Memorial Tee Shirts to raise funds for the Bell family. The Tee Shirts are available for purchase thru the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit at the Hartford Public Safety Complex, 253 High Street, Hartford, CT between the hours of 8am to 4pm. The shirts are also available at the Offices of the Hartford Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 760 at 1 Linden Place, Unit 104, Hartford, CT between the hours of 9am and 2 pm. All proceeds from these sales will go to the Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund. The shirts are $20 and are available in Blue and Grey. They will remain on sale until they are sold out. For additional information contact the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit at 860-757-4520 or the Hartford Fire Fighters Association at 860-296-3523.
The Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund has been established through the Hartford Fire Fighters Survivors' Fund to benefit the family of Brother Bell. Donations may be sent to the following:
Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund
C/O Hartford Fire Fighters Survivors' Fund
669 Hebron Ave
Glastonbury, CT 06033
We continue to work to show our support of Firefighter Jason Martinez and his Family as he works toward recovering from his injuries in the Bridgeport Burn Center. They are and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Well wishes can be sent to Jason and his family via http://www.bridgeporthospital.org , then click on the CheerGram icon in the middle of the page and follow the directions to send you message.
Please keep the Bell and Martinez families in your thought and prayers as we continue to support both families.
Below is a picture of the Kevin L. Bell Memorial Tee Shirts.
Our first responders, our men and women of the Hartford Fire Department, put themselves at risk each and every day to protect the residents of the city. It takes an enormous amount of courage to do this. For that alone, they are heroes.
-Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
Good Afternoon Chief Rovella,
In a day and age when people are quick to see the police at their worst, I thought you might want to see one of your officers at their best.
I am not sure who the officer was but I was walking down Broad Street at about 9:45 this morning and snapped this photo. When I see stories on line of Police officers buying boots for homeless people or car seats I often wonder if it is not staged for PR but it is hard to argue with watching an on duty officer changing a tire for someone. This officer clearly went above and beyond and thought you would like to know.