On September 26, 2014 at 8:54pm Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and South Conditions Officers responded to the area of Wyllys Street in response to a 911 citizen complaint of shots fired. The citizen caller provided a detailed description of the suspect and stated he was seated in a vehicle near 137 Wyllys St. Responding Patrol Officers observed a suspect fitting the description at that location. When the suspect noticed the approaching officers, he fled on foot. The suspect was unable to out run the officers and was apprehended by South Conditions Officers in the area of 15 Patsy Williams Way. Members of the Shooting Task Force responded to assist with the follow up investigation. A subsequent on scene investigation led to the recovery of the Charter Arms Corp .38 SPL Revolver containing five spent shell casings and 28 bags of heroin. An extensive canvass of the area was conducted yielding no victims, and/or further evidence.
Arrested: Gabriel Ramos, 24 of Hartford, CT (Convicted Felon)
1. Possession Narcotics
2. PWITS Narcotics
3. PWITS Narcotics School Zone
4. Interfering with Police
5. Carrying Pistol w/out a Permit
6. Weapons in a M.V.
7. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
8. Reckless Endangerment
9. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
On September 28, 2014 at 1:12am, Hartford Police Department Patrol units responded to the above location on a report of shots fired and a victim injured. Upon arrival, they located the victim, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the torso and neck area. EMS transported the victim to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:49am. A crime scene was established processed by Crime Scene Detectives. HPD Homicide Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are assuming the investigation. This is the 11th Hartford homicide of 2014.
Victim: - Anthony Wortham 09/05/77, LKA 80 Flatbush Ave. HTFD.
Anyone with information is asked to call HPD/MCD Homicide Sergeant Brandon O'Brien (860) 757-4089; or web tips can be submitted to the right of the webpage. (click "Submit and anonymous Tip")
The Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division Domestic Violence Detectives are actively searching for Rashad Wilson age 35 of Hartford, who is wanted for a domestic assault that occurred on 09/24/14 in Hartford, CT. Wilson has an active felony warrant for Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Pistol, Reckless Endangerment, Risk of Injury, and Larceny 3rd. This warrant carries a judge set $1,000,000 bond. He is believed to be hiding out with family. Note that Wilson wears glasses and a beard or goatee. Please do not approach Wilson as he is potentially a danger. Mugshot below:
Height: 6'01" Weight: 190 Eyes: Brown Complexion: Medium
Scars & Tattoos: Scar on top of forehead; tattoo: "1 life to live" inside forearms
Vehicle: 2001 Nissan Maxima 4DR Vehicle Reg#: 520ZZA Vehicle Color: Dark blue
If you have information on Wilson, please call Sergeant Andrew Weaver at (860) 757-4214. Or information can be submitted using the annonymous tip link to the right of the page.
On September 19, 2014 Hartford Police Department Detectives from the Special Investigations Division (S.I.D.) received information that Jimmy Benitez, 34 of Hartford, was in the area of 217 Franklin Avenue. Benitez had two active arrest warrants at the time. One for a Failure to appear on a previous firearms charge and the 2nd warrant was for several current Felony Sexual Assault Charges. Detectives conducted surveillance and Benitez was observed returning to a parked vehicle in front of 217 Franklin Ave. While the vehicle was still parked, S.I.D. Detectives and assisting officers approached the vehicle. Detectives located Benitez hiding in the third row seat of the parked vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident.
Benitez is being held on a $500,000.00 cash only bond.
1. Sexual Assault of Minor 1st Degree (3 Counts)
2. Sexual Assault of Minor 4th Degree
3. Risk of Injury to Minor (3 Counts)
Previous FTA Charges:
1. Failure to Appear 1st
2. Interfering with Police
3. Criminal Possession of Firearm
4. Weapon in Motor Vehicle
On Tuesday August 12, 2014 at approximately 11:29pm, Hartford Public Safety dispatch received three 911 calls reporting a person shot in the area of 363 Sigourney Street. Approximately 4 to 6 gunshots were reported. Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to the location and located the victim, Deon Palmer DOB 02/29/1996, lying face down suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his right thigh and chest. EMS personnel transported Palmer to Saint Francis hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Palmer subsequently succumb to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 02:36am.
HPD Major Crimes Division Detectives working homicide assumed the investigation. On September 17, 2014, Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Brandon Henry, 08/26/83 of Hartford. The listed charges on the warrant are as follows:
1. Felony Murder
2. Reckless Endangerment 1st
3. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
With a bond of $2.5 Million
Henry is currently incarcerated for a separate Hartford incident. He is expected to be served the warrant on Friday, 9/26/14 at GA14 in Hartford.
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 22 year-old 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.
Citizens provided verified information to detectives, and intelligence was developed which lead to Cleveland Brown, 21, of Hartford, being identified as the shooter. Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Brown. On September 23, 2014 Brown was taken into custody by a by Patrol Officers and taken to the HPD Major Crimes Division for an interview with detectives. 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.
On June 24, 2014, just after 9:00pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to 154 Adams Street for a person shot. Responding officers located the victim, later identified as Jose Torres, 33 of Hartford. Torres, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound, was transported to the St. Francis Hospital and pronounced deceased a short time later. Initial investigation showed the shooting occurred during a cookout where numerous adults and children were present. Hartford Police Department- Major Crimes Division Detectives working homicide assumed the investigation.
Citizens provided verified information to detectives and intelligence was developed which lead to Tayshawn "Kanye" Simms, 02/21/91, of Hartford, being identified as the shooter. On September 23, 2014, homicide detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Simms. Tayshawn "Kanye" Simms was captured a short time later by members of the HPD North Conditions Team as well as the Hartford Police Intelligence Division. Simms was transported to the HPD Major Crimes Division, interviewed by homicide detectives, and booked.
Simms, having been arrested by HPD on numerous previous occasions, was charged with Murder and given a $2,000,000 bond.
On the morning of Saturday, September 20, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers captured John O'Connor, 48, of East Hartford, at 10 Jefferson St. in the act of robbing and kidnapping a victim. This was the result of an ongoing investigation into several Police Impersonation/Robbery incidents in the south end of Hartford. Five similar "Police Impersonator" incidents had been reported to HPD in just over a week. O'Connor is alleged to approach unknown victims and identify himself as a Detective. The suspect would then request ID information and while the victims were complying, the suspect would take their wallet. In one incident, the suspect forced a 63 year-old solely Spanish-speaking victim to the ATM to retrieve funds. O'Connor is a white male in his 40's, with dark short hair, cleanly shaven with no accent or tattoos. O'Connor did not have any police clothing or equipment other than a badge that he wore hanging from around his neck. Major Crimes Division Detectives are continuing the investigation into past incidents and will be applying for more arrest warrants in the near future.
Additional victims are encouraged to come forwarded. It is possible that there are more, unreported victims, in the Hartford region that have not yet made themselves known to the Police. It is possible that immigrant victims were being targeted. If anyone believes they may have been a victim of one of these Police Impersonator/Robbery incidents, they are asked to contact HPD Sergeant Brandon O'Brien at (860) 757-4089.
1. Kidnapping 2nd
2. Robbery 3rd
3. Impersonating a Police Officer
O'Connor, who is a convicted felon, is also wanted by Probation/Parole.
As a part of the Envision Fest on Sunday, there will several bicycle races through the heart of downtown Hartford. During the races, the course will be closed to vehicle traffic. This will occur throughout the day from 8:00am through 5:00pm. HPD Traffic Division Officers will be at all intersections affected to help direct and reroute vehicle traffic.
See map below for course route.