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DUI Checkpoint November 25, 2015

From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Tuesday, November 24, 2015


(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of  90 Brainard Road.

This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department's ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD's Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.

For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.

The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by "putting your junk in your trunk." Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.

PAL Football Trying to Make It to Playoffs

On Sunday, November 22nd, the Hartford Police Athletic League's football team (Wildcats) beat Leominster, Ma for the New England Regional Championship. Final score was 51-7. They have qualified for the National Championships in Kissimmee, FL! They desperately need your help to get there, win the title, and celebrate their regional championship this year.

About the Hartford Wildcats:

The Hartford Wildcats are a member of the Colonial Youth Football and Cheer League and American Youth Football. HWYFA (Hartford Wildcats Youth Football Association), a
nonprofit, all volunteer organization, was founded in 2000 with the goal of providing enrichment opportunities for Hartford youth, helping them stay physically fit and developing their self-esteem. The program provides athletic opportunities including football and cheerleading for boys and girls ages 5 through 14.

The Wildcats are supported by the Hartford Police Athletic League (PAL) and emphasize the role of academic success in addition to athletic excellence. Kids are expected to maintain strict academic and behavioral standards and are responsible to their teammates.

The Wildcats have come close to this opportunity for the past three years, and finally this year, their dedication and teamwork paid off. The team played an impressive season, capping off their record with a 51-7 victory in the New England Regional Championship in Auburn, Massachusetts to qualify for Nationals. The kids couldn't be prouder!

The kids have done their part... Now it's your turn! We need to raise $35,000 by 12/5/15 in order to help us cover airfare, room, and board for these deserving kids when they travel to make their dreams come true in Florida. They have worked long and hard and have shown a deep commitment to their teammates. Now they need you to be their guardian angels!

The cost of the trip is around $35K. The team has started a Gofundme.comcampaign (link) to generate money for the trip as well as equipment expenses. Anything you guys could do would be greatly appreciated! Let's get these kids ready to go to Florida and represent Hartford in the National Champions.

PAL Football

Submitting Day Care Provider Information

Please use the form below to complete the Daycare/School Emergency Notification Form, pursuant to CT Public Act 15-151. Completed forms can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., dropped off at the front desk at Hartford Police Headquarters, or mailed to:

Hartford Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
253 High Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Attn: Daycare/School Emergency Notification Form



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Veterans Parade Road Closures

On Sunday, November 8th there will be several road closures for the Veterans Parade begining at 9am.  Please see map for details.

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For more information please visit: http://ctveteransparade.org/

Narcotics Arrest on Babcock Street

On November 2, 2015, Hartford Police Department Officers with the Central Conditions Unit obtained and developed information through an active Central District investigation, that individuals were manufacturing and selling narcotics from the third floor apartment of 24 Babcock Street. CCU Officers, with the assistance of Vice & Narcotics Detectives, were able to obtain a search warrant for the apartment. CCU Officers, Vice & Narcotics Detectives, North District CSO's, and the Hartford ERT Team served the warrant at 8:45pm.
During a search of the buildings interior, a firearm, marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, packaging material, various prescription pills, U.S. Currency and paraphernalia used for the processing, packaging and sale of narcotics were recovered. Five people were placed under arrest for various narcotics related charges.

Edwin Santiago, 54, of 24 Babcock Street 1st floor
CHARGES: Possession Narcotics and Possession controlled substance

Narenda Adams, 34, of 24 Babcock Street 2nd floor
CHARGES: Possession Narcotics and Possession Narcotics 1500 feet

Mcarther Coleman, 26, of 24 Babcock Street 3rd floor
CHARGES: Possession Narcotics, PWITS Narcotics, Possession 1500 feet, PWITS 1500 feet, Drug factory, Possession controlled substance 4oz, PWITS controlled substance.

Naeem Adams, 25, of 24 Babcock Street 3rd floor
CHARGES: Possession Narcotics, PWITS Narcotics, Possession 1500 feet, PWITS 1500 feet, Drug factory, Possession controlled substance 4oz, PWITS controlled substance.

Armando Velazquez, 44, NCA (In-House Narcotics Warrant)

Firearm ( Colt 1911 .45 caliber)
Heroin (2.7 ounces)

Crack (1.5 grams)

Marijuana (3.5 ounces)
Suboxone (31 packets)
Packaging material
Various prescription pills

$701 dollars U.S. Currency

Paraphernalia used for the processing/manufacturing of narcotics

Narco OP

Arrest Near School

On October 27, 2015, at 9pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and Hartford Shooting Task Force Investigators responded to the area of 1670 Main Street, the Sands Housing Complex, for a report of a male suspect with a firearm. Patrol Officers staged on the perimeter of the area while the Hartford STF entered the area covertly. Hartford STF Investigators observed a suspect matching the description on the north side of the housing complex near Main Street. As STF Investigators approached the male suspect, he immediately ran away while clutching his waistband. A foot chase ensued. Hartford STF Investigators pursued the suspect east and then north through the basketball courts. Due to a perimeter already established by HPD Patrol Officers, the suspect was apprehended in the school basketball court area. At this point, the suspect was no longer clutching his waistband, and no longer had a firearm. Given the immediate proximity of the S.A.N.D Elementary School grounds, and immediate canvass was conducted.

During the canvass along the foot chase path of travel, a HPD Patrol Officer, located the firearm discarded by the suspect along the wooded fence line between the Sands Housing Complex and the S.A.N.D Elementary School grounds. The firearm seized was a loaded Smith & Wesson, Model SW40E, .40 Caliber Pistol, with a chambered live round and magazine containing nine (9) .40 caliber live rounds. The serial number on the pistol was obliterated.

The suspect was identified as Accused Iran Harris (convicted felon with 33 previous arrests in Hartford) On Harris' person, eleven (11) bags of suspected heroin was located and seized.

Arrest; Harris, Iran, 27, of Hartford, CT. Convicted Felon, with 33 Previous Hartford Arrests.

Interfering w/ Police, Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Weapon on School Grounds, Possession of High Capacity Magazine, Obliterated Serial Number, Criminal Trespass 3rd, Possession Narcotics, PWITS Narcotics and PWITS 1500 feet of School.

Picture of gun available on Twitter @LtFoley

Domestic Violence Arrest

On October 23, 2015, at 9:40pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 30 Preston Street, on a Domestic Complaint. The victim stated she had been strangled and assaulted by her husband. The victim had visible bruising and was transported, by ambulance, to Hartford Hospital. Through the investigation HPD Patrol Officers located the suspect (Miguel Alsina) in a bedroom at 15 Colonial Street, where he pretended to be asleep. The suspect had his right hand under the pillow. The suspect admitted to arguing with his wife, but refused to be more specific. The suspect was placed into custody and a loaded handgun was located under the pillow. The suspect is a convicted felon, being supervised by Hartford Parole. Parole Officers assigned to the Hartford STF remanded the suspect to the Department of Corrections.

Arrested: Miguel Alsina, 32, of 15 Colonial Street, apt. 1E, Hartford, CT
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Assault in the third Degree, Strangulation in the Second Degree, Unlawful Restraint, Criminal Possession of a Firearm
Evidence: Keltec model P11, 9mm semi automatic pistol

GV Gun Arrest

ACO Call Leads to Firearm Arrest

On October 22, 2015, at 1:10pm, a Hartford Police Department Animal Control Officer (ACO) went to 19 Florence Street to investigate an unlawful animal transaction complaint. The ACO arrived with the complainants and she observed two males in the backyard of the residence. One of the males, Raheem Richardson, was identified as the suspect who had illegally sold the dogs to the complainants. The ACO and the complainants were then invited into the house by Richardson to discuss the matter. Once inside the house the ACO observed what she believed to be a rifle against the wall and a handgun laying in a child's seat that was in the living room. The ACO asked Richardson if the guns were "real". Richardson began acting very nervous and frantically grabbed the rifle (A Ruger BB gun) to demonstrate it was not a real firearm. Richardson then grabbed the handgun and ran up the stairs in the house. Now Fearing that Richardson may now be concealing a real handgun, the ACO radioed for police assistance/backup as she yelled for Richardson to come back downstairs. NOTE: HPD ACO's are unarmed- HPD Officers are aware of this and respond to these requests for assistance with urgency.

Assisting Officers quickly arrived and were able to detained Richardson without incident in an upstairs bedroom. Richardson's infant son was also in the bedroom (unharmed). A Walther .380 Caliber pistol containing four live rounds was located directly under the open window below the room in which Richardson was detained (Investigation showed the firearm had been reported stolen out of Chicago Il in 1988).

It was learned through the course of the investigation that the second person, who was initially in the yard with Richardson when the ACO arrived, had an active arrest warrant for Assault in the First Degree with the East Hartford Police Department. However, he had just left the scene. A description of the suspect was broadcast. HPD Traffic Division Officers located the 2nd suspect. (The Traffic Division as well as many other officers responded to the area to back up the ACO) Cleveland Byfield Jr was taken into custody by the Traffic Div Officers nearby on Fairmount Street (he was transported to EHPD).

Raheem Richardson was debriefed by Shooting Task Force Detectives and admitted to throwing the Walther .380 Pistol out of the second floor bedroom during the incident. Richardson has a previous SJO and a domestic violence conviction that disqualify him from possessing a Firearm.

Raheem Richardson was charged with the following: Failure to License a Dog, Failure to Vaccinate, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Theft of a Firearm, Unlawful Storage, and Risk of injury to a Minor.

The infant was left with mother, DCF Notified.

1) Arrested: Raheem Richardson, 23, of Hartford CT.
Charges: Failure to License a Dog, Failure to Vaccinate, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Theft of a Firearm, Unlawful Storage, and Risk of injury to a Minor

Evidence: Walther Arms P1 KAL .380 Semi-automatic containing four live ammunition rounds (Stolen).

2) Arrested: Cleveland Byfield Jr., 22, of East Hartford CT
Charges: Assault in the First Degree (East Hartford Police Arrest Warrant)

Florence Street

Windsor Man Shot

On October 22, 2015, at 11:22pm, HPD Patrol Officers responded to 164 Burnham Street on report of a serious assault with a firearm. Upon arrival, officers met with the male victim, a 23yo male from Windsor, CT, who was alert and conscious. The victim stated he and two other people were sitting inside an Acura which was parked in the driveway located at 164 Burnham Street. They noticed a Chrysler 300 drive past them, several times, east bound on Burnham Street. Shortly after they observed two unknown males, on foot, walking west bound on Burnham Street toward them. One of the males, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, shot at them several times. The males then fled, on foot, east bound on Burnham Street. Officers on scene located six spent shell casing in front of 160 Burnham Street and found seven bullet holes along the driver side of the Acura. The male victim who suffered a non-life threatening graze to the left side of his neck was treated and released by Saint Francis hospital. Hartford STF arrived on scene to investigate.

Suspect #1: Male wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt with a handgun. Unknown race, height or weight
Suspect #2: Male unknown height, weight, race

Suspect vehicle: Dark colored, possibly black, Newer Chrysler 300 with dark tints. (Possibly a rental)

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