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PAL Turkey Give-A-Way to Hartford Families

The Hartford Police Dept. Police Athletic League and the UCONN Men’s Hockey Team are teaming up for a  Turkey Give-A-Way to Hartford families.

The event is Wednesday, November 26th at 4:00pm, at the HPD PAL facility (85 Edwards St, formerly Quirk Middle School). The collborative team will be giving away 60 complete meals for our Hartford PAL families. PAL Board members and PAL Staff will be assisted by the UCONN Men’s Hockey team, who will join us at 4:00pm through 5:00pm to distribute the complete Thanksgiving Dinner "kits".  The team will then play floor hockey with the kids in the gym from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.  

For those who are interested in making a monetary or food donation please contact Sgt. Luis Ruiz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / (860) 818-0028 or
Peter Getz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / (860) 209-1908 by Monday, November 24, 2014.

 

STF Arrest November 19, 2014

On November 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00pm, Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force Detectives were in the area Farmington Avenue when they covertly witnessed an apparent hand to hand drug transaction involving a motor vehicle. Through the ongoing investigation the suspect vehicle was stopped in the area of 135 Broad Street. As the Detectives approached the vehicle they observed the driver attempting to conceal an item below the driver's side seat and the center console. The driver was instructed to put his hands on the steering wheel but disobeyed the commands several times. The driver was removed from the vehicle and stated that he had a gun and Heroin in the vehicle. A loaded .22 caliber revolver (obliterated serial number) along with 50 bags of heroin were recovered from the vehicle. The suspect, Joel Deleon DOB 1/1/81, is a convicted felon and known member of the Los Solidos street gang. This is the 24th time Deleon has been arrested by the Hartford Police Department. DeLeon was arrested and booked at HPD without incident. Bond 50K

Charges:
1. Failure to Stop for Traffic Signal
2. Operating w/o a License
3. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
4. Pistol w/o a Permit
5. Weapons in a Motor Vehicle
6. Obliterated Serial Number
7. Possession of Narcotics
8. PWITS Narcotics

9mm Revolver 112014

Arrest November 13, 2014

On evening of November 13, 2014, Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Vice, Intell and Narcotics Division, assisted by members of the South Conditions Unit, were conducting a prostitution detail throughout the city. At approx. 10:36pm, in the area of Martin St. and Nelson St., the officers heard several (3) gun shots in close proximity. Several units converged upon the area and observed a suspect fleeing from the rear yards into a waiting vehicle. This vehicle failed to stop for the officers and fled south on Barbour St. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the vehicle and occupants were apprehended at the intersection of Woodland St and Farmington Ave. A firearm was discovered discarded from the suspect vehicle during the pursuit. The occupants of the vehicle were transported to MCD to be debriefed. A scene was located at 64 Martin Street consisting of several spent shell casing. Investigation revealed that was in possession of the firearm and discarded it during the vehicle pursuit. Willis was identified as the driver. Three of the occupants of the vehicle (Young, Willis, and Torres) were placed under arrest for various charges and transported to booking.

Arrested: Troy Young DOB 5-15-88 LKA 373 Farmington Ave, Htfd (Convicted Felon, 35 Previous Hartford Arrests)
CHARGES:
1. Criminal possession of a firearm
2. Carrying a pistol without a permit
3. Weapons in a motor vehicle
4. Possession of a stolen firearm
5. Unlawful discharge of a firearm
6. Reckless endangerment in the first degree.

Arrested: Ruben Torres DOB 7-31-71 LKA 373 Capitol Avenue, Htfd
CHARGES:
1. Interfering with Police

Arrested: Tayrence Willis, DOB 2-19-92 LKA of 821 Capitol Avenue, Htfd (Convicted Felon, 11 previous arrest)
CHARGES:
1. Interfering with police
2. Reckless endangerment in the first degree
3. Reckless driving
4. Operating motor vehicle under suspension

Evidence: One silver Colt 45 caliber firearm with an empty magazine.
Evidence: Three spent .45 caliber shell casings.
Evidence: One spent .380 caliber shell casing.

Gun Nov 2014

Firearms Arrest November 5, 2014

On November 5, 2014 at 9:33pm, Hartford Police Officer Megan Cirigliano reported that she heard three gunshots in the immediate area of Shultas Pl. near Franklin Av. A Witness also heard gunshots and looked out a window, the witness observed the suspect holding a silver firearm. Officer Cirigliano and Officer Susannah Hildebidle located the suspect reaching inside a vehicle. The Officers secured the suspect. The Officers then recovered a Colt 45 single action revolver which was loaded and set in a cocked position. The firearm contained four spent shell casings, and one .45 caliber round. The firearm was seized and placed in the HPD property room; Shooting Task Force investigators debriefed the suspect- identified below. No scene, damage and/or victims were located or reported from area hospitals. The Accused was taken into custody for the below listed charges.

Accused: Rafeal Baez, 37, Hartford, CT.
Charges:
1. Criminal Possession of Firearm, 53a-217c
2. Unlawful Discharge, 53-203
3. Reckless Endangerment 1st, 53a-63
4. Operating M/V without a license 14-36
5. Operating Unregistered M/V, 14-12

Evidence: Colt Single action Revolver, four spent shell casings, and one .45 caliber round.

 Colt Revolver

November 2, 2014 Homicide

On November 2, 2014 at 8:10pm Hartford Police Patrol Officers responded to a 911 call at 36 Bedford Street on a report of a stabbing. The victim, identified as Brian Salaman, 17 (8/30/97) of 36 Bedford Street, was found lying on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his torso and neck. EMS responded and immediately transported the victim to the St. Francis. Medical efforts were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at 10:11pm.

Patrol Officers took the suspect into custody on scene without incident and established a crime scene. Major Crimes Division- Homicide Detectives began an immediate investigation. This Investigation revealed that the suspect and victim became involved in a physical altercation outside of 36 Bedford Street resulting in the victim being stabbed. Numerous witnesses came forward and provided information and written statements to investigators. Major Crimes Investigators executed a Search warrant at the residence and recovered numerous items of evidentiary value.

The suspect has been identified as Edwin Ruiz (4/16/86) of 36 Bedford Street and a relative to the victim. The suspect has been charge with one count of Murder C.G.S 53a-54a. The suspect does have a history of DV related arrests with HPD.

The victim has no history with the Hartford Police Department, and was a student at Bulkeley High School.

The Hartford Police Department is still seeking witnesses and information. Anyone with information is asked to call Lieutenant Glendaly Garcia at 860-757-4043.

PAL Halloween Party

PAL throws a Spooktacular Halloween Party at PAL Headquarters on October 30, 2014.
PAL Participants enjoyed food, drinks, tricks and treats!

Pal Halloween

For more information on how to participate or donate visit HPD PAL at HartfordPal.Org 

13th Homicide in Hartford

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 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.

HOMEOWNERS
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.

MOTORISTS
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!

Arrest Made for June 11, 2014 Shooting

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.

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