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Vandalism on Farmington Ave.

Overnight several businesses on Farmington Ave. were vandalized. HPD began to receive phone calls early this morning from business owners reporting that windows were smashed/damaged with a rock or brick. At this point HPD patrol Officers along with Detectives are investigating the string of vandalism. At this point nine businesses have been found with damages (An informal list is below). The suspect is a male, approximately 6 ft. 170, bald, dark complexion, white beard, wearing a dark hoodie, white undershirt, jeans and white sneakers. 

Click here to watch video of the suspect, anyone with information should call the Hartford Police Department at (860)757-4000. Information can also be submitted anonymously via the tip line (860) 722-8477 or by using the "Submit an anonymous Tip" link to the right of the website. 

1) 180 Farmington Ave.
Ahern Funeral home
East side window shattered

2) 351 Farmington Ave.
Mark Twain House
West side window
Double pane. Outside pane shattered inside pane not shattered

3) 25 Whitney Street
Moe's Midtown
East side window shattered

4) 86 Farmington Ave
Macdermid Reynolds and Glissman Law Office
Broken front window

5)108 Farmington Ave
Webster bank
West window shattered

6)449 Farmington Ave
MHQ Medical Center
North window cracked only

7) 170 Farmington Ave
Family dollar
Cracked window

8) 300 Farmington Ave.
Island Cuisine
Broken window

9) 256 Farmington Ave.
Unoccupied space
Door glass cracked.

Citizen Letter

Thank you Mr. Adams for your kind words and recognition.

 


From: Chip Adams
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:18 PM
To: Police Chief
Subject: Heroin off the street

Dear Chief,

Please extend my thanks to all involved who removed so much heroin off the streets!

We are losing way too many young people to this illness.

I never appreciated how insidious this drug was until my good friend lost her son. Someone who could have had any treatment possible, he still lost his battle.

Yesterday I was informed that another acquaintance lost his son. When will it stop?

Thanks again, keep up the good work and stay safe! 

Regards,

Chip Adams


 

DUI Checkpoint April 23, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORY
From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT


(Hartford, CT.) ā€“ The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, April 23, 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.

Seeking Suspect

Michael Squirewell, is currently wanted for the sexual assault of a female juvenile victim. He has an active felony arrest warrant for Sexual Assault First Degree, Sexual Assault 2nd Degree and
two counts of Risk of Injury to a Minor. His bond is set at $500,000.00

He is associated with addresses in New Britain, Manchester, and Hartford.

Squirewell is an eighteen year old black male, 5'08" tall, 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, that goes by the nickname "Mike Live".

MikeS

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts should call the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000.

Information can be given anonymously via the Crime Stoppers tipline (860) 722-8477 or by using the "Submit an anonymous tip" link to the right of the webpage.

Firearm/Narcotics Arrest April 17, 2015

On Friday, April 17th, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., Investigators from the Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force, Fugitive Task Force, Connecticut State Police and Department of Probation were investigating information regarding individuals armed with firearms selling narcotics in the Benton Street/Maple Avenue area. During the course of the investigation, they encountered Algelly Diaz, 32 years of age, of 473 Maple Avenue Hartford, Connecticut. Further investigation revealed that Diaz was storing a Beretta Tomcat .32 caliber Handgun, an Iver Johnson Target Model 55A .22 Caliber Handgun, powder cocaine, along with amounts of heroin and marijuana in a nearby apartment.

These items were seized, and Diaz was arrested for Possession of Narcotics, Possession with Intent to Sell Narcotics, Possession with Intent to Sell within 1500ft School, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Sell a Controlled Substance, Drug Factory, Theft of a Firearm and Criminal Possession of a Firearm. He was subsequently transported to the Hartford Police Booking facility. Diaz is a convicted felon on probation for armed robbery.

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Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested At Court April 17, 2015

On April 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Fugitive Task Force & Shooting Task Force received information that a wanted person would be present at 101 Lafayette Street Hartford, Connecticut, for an unrelated court appearance.

The man was wanted for his participation in an Armed Robbery that took place on March 25, 2015 at 9:45 p.m., at the Valero Gas Station, located at 867 Wethersfield Avenue Hartford, Connecticut. The Detectives responded, located the suspect, and took him into custody without incident.

He was transported to the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division where he was debriefed by Detectives. During the interview he confessed his involvement in the robbery. The suspect was subsequently escorted to the Hartford Police Department booking facility to be processed.

Arrested:

Ryan Sims 36 years of age, from Newington, Connecticut.

Charges:

Robbery First Degree
Conspiracy Robbery First Degree
With a Judge Set Bond of $500,000.00

DUI Checkpoint April 17, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORY
From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Thursday, April 16, 2015

HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT


(Hartford, CT.) ā€“ The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of Garden Street and Westland Street.

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.

Arrest Made After Stolen Vehicle Theft

On April 6, 2015, at 8:13pm patrol units responded to Preston and Campfield for the report of a motor vehicle theft at gun point. The vehicle was occupied by (2) juveniles when the it was taken by the suspect. Minutes later, the stolen vehicle arrived at Hartford Hospital with the operator/suspect suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper side/torso. A short time later, a second male victim was dropped off at Hartford Hospital with a non-life threatening GSW to leg. At 2047 hours, a 3rd male victim was dropped off at Saint Francis Hospital with a GSW to the leg.

The children (8yo and 3yo) were found in the vehicle, uninjured. They were immediately reunited with their family.

-Through investigation, a shooting scene was located in the area of 31 Gilman Street, and determined to be the location of incident.
-Operator/suspect of stolen vehicle was identified as Tony Mercado 23 of Hartford. He was listed in critical but stable condition. He was released today and immediately placed under arrest.
-Victim#2: Steven Pedraza 27 of Hartford. Non-life threatening GSW and has been released from hospital
-Victim#3: Juan Rosa 34 of Hartford. Non-life threatening GSW and will be released from hospital.

Further details of this investigation are enclosed in the arrest warrant which can be made available at the clerk's office/GA14.

This incident is still under investigation and is active.
The accused should be in court Monday morning.

Tony Mercado 23 of Hartford. Charges:
1. Robbery in the 1st Degree
2. Risk of injury to a minor 2 counts
3. Kidnapping 2nd Degree 2counts
Judge set bond $750.000

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