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Wanted for Sexual Assault

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On September 6, 2014 at approximately 11:53 PM New Britain Police Officers responded to The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain Campus, to investigate a sexual assault / robbery complaint.  An adult female had sought medical attention at the hospital after being assaulted in the area of West Main St and Grove Hill St   

On September 14, 2014 ANTONIO PONDER DOB 3/24/1990 of 86 Edwards St Hartford, CT. was identified as the suspect in this investigation.  An arrest warrant was granted for Ponder on the same date charging him with Sexual Assault 1st Degree, Robbery 3rd Degree, and Assault 3rd Degree.  

Over the past twenty four hours attempts by the New Britain and Hartford Police Departments to locate and arrest Ponder have proved fruitless.  We are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Ponder so that he can be served with the warrant.  He is considered a danger to the public and should not be approached.        

Ponder is 5’07, approximately 180 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is asked to call 860-826-3000. Anonymous tips may be made on the Community Tip Line at (860) 826-3199 or on the New Britain Police website newbritainpolice.org .  Hartford Police can be reached at 860-757-4089.    

Homicide Arrest

On Friday night at 9:16pm Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to the area of 538 Park St. after several 911 calls and ShotSpotter notification of shots fired. Responding Officers located a male victim, laying on the sidewalk, directly in front of 538 Park St., suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. The victim, Milton Castro, was pronounced dead on scene by EMS personnel.

HPD Major Crimes Division/Homicide Detectives responded and initiated an investigation. Assisted by Crime Scene Techs and Shooting Task Force investigators, Homicide Detectives worked through the night and through the weekend following leads. Information was developed that the suspect and a witness were hiding from law enforcement in an address in the South End of Hartford. Detectives believed the witness had also been shot during the homicide. Last night HPD Homicide Detectives, Patrol Officers, and the Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at the location.

The suspect, Jose LaPorte, 20 of Hartford was located in the residence. The witness, Marcus Montero, 27 of Hartford was also found in the house, suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Both were transported to the HPD Major Crimes Division.

Overnight Detectives applied for and obtained arrest warrants for both:

Jose Laporte 20, of Hartford, CT.
Charges:
1. Murder
Bond-$750,000 cash

Marcus Montero 27 of Hartford, CT.
Charges:
1. Criminal Attempt Murder
2. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
3. Criminal Use of Firearm
4. Carrying a Pistol without a permit
Bond- $750,000 cash

Cigarette/Tobacco Crackdown in Hartford

During the month of August, detectives with the Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit, using a grant from the Tobacco Master Settlement Health and Trust Fund, through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, conducted unannounced compliance inspections of establishments that sell tobacco products. The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of eighteen. A total of 181 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted. Of this, a total of fifty (50) establishments were found to be in violation of the General Statutes of Connecticut, Sec. 53-344(b), Sale of tobacco to minors under eighteen. The offending clerks were issued a first time infraction of $200.00.

Please use this link for full report and list of compliant and non-compliant businesses. 

Traffic Advisory for Multiple Concerts for Saturday, September 13

Saturday Evening (9/13/14) the City of Hartford will see a significant surge in traffic with three simultaneous concerts. (Luke Bryan, Tom Petty and Susan Vega) The three concerts, at 3 separate locations/venues, are all scheduled to start and end at relatively the same time. Also, the three venues are in fairly close proximity to each other (XL Center, Infinity Hall and the Xfinity Theater) and in close proximity to the major traffic arteries (I84/I91/RT44). The Hartford Police Department is asking all concert goers to plan ahead, allow time for additional delay and respectfully enjoy your visit to our city. HPD will have significant planning and additions to traffic patrol for the incoming and outgoing traffic to buffer the surge from these three events. Links to the details of three events:

1. http://www.xlcenter.com/events/detail/tom-petty-the-heartbreakers
2. http://www.xfinitytheatre.net/events/luke-bryan-thats-my-kind-of-night-tour-2014/#.VA9zMlJ0yM8
3. http://www.infinityhall.com/Events/suzanne-vega-9-13-2014/

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Protesters Arrested

On September 4, 2014, at 12:10 pm an organized demonstration/protest was conducted at 172 Washington St. Hartford CT. Approximately one hundred protesters marched from the area of Broad Street at Grand Street to the incident location. The protesters then conducted a demonstration at the said address. During the incident, thirteen protesters sat in the roadway of Washington Street blocking northbound vehicular traffic. As a result, northbound traffic on Washington St. was diverted at Jefferson St. The incident commander gave three separate orders to exit the roadway. The thirteen parties failed to comply with these orders. These specific demonstrators were transported from the scene, issued a misdemeanor summons for Disorderly Conduct and released. Seven of those arrested provided resident addresses in Rhode Island, and six had resident addresses in Connecticut. All parties were given a Community Court appearance date of September 12, 2014.

Arrested:
1.) Williams, Kenya age 40 of Providence, RI
2.) Lopez, Salvador age 22 of New Britain, CT
3.) Velez, Samuel age 22 of Hartford, CT
4.) Burgos, Kevin age 27 of Hartford, CT
5.) Burrell,Jelani age 24 of Bloomfield, CT
6.) Gesterling,Joann age 55 of Cranston, RI
7.) Davis, Reginald age 25 of Providence, RI
8.) Oliveira, Starria age 36 of Providence, RI
9.) Jones, Charles age 52 of Providence, RI
10.) Robinson, Richard age 27 of Wethersfield, CT
11.) Williams, Stacy age 26 of Providence, RI
12.) Donaldson, Corey age 18 of Warwick, RI
13.) Anes, Jamileth age 18 of Hartford, CT

DUI Checkpoint September 4, 2014

TRAFFIC ADVISORY
From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Thursday, September 4, 2014

HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT


(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 175 New Britain Avenue.

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.

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