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Sex Assault Arrest

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.

New Charges:
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

Homicide Arrest for August 12, 2014 Shooting

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.

Shooting Arrest

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.

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