On Sept 23, 2015, at 4:05pm, shortly after city schools dismissal, Members of the Hartford Police Department Central Conditions Unit observed a 2014 Toyota traveling southbound on Woodland Street. CCU Officers noticed the smoke filled vehicle had an blatant amount of smoke coming out of its windows. Officers also noticed the smoke smelled consistent with burnt marijuana. A motor vehicle stop was immediately executed in the vicinity of Woodland Street and Niles Street. During the course of the investigation the operator admitted to smoking marijuana while driving through city streets. Officers also discovered the operator had a firearm in his possession. As a result of the investigation, a Glock model 19 9mm pistol was recovered along with 2 high capacity magazines each containing 15 live rounds. The operator of the vehicle was charged accordingly and transported to HPD Booking Facility for processing. STF notified.
Arrested: Christopher Hernandez, 35, of Hartford, Connecticut
Charges: Illegal Tints, Weapons in M/V, Pistol without Permit, Possession High Capacity Mags (2 counts), Carrying Firearm under influence of drugs
Recovered: one (1) Glock Model 19 9mm pistol, with two (2) High Capacity Magazines and 30 live rounds
On Monday, September 21, 2015, Hartford/US Fugitive Task Force working with the Hartford Shooting Task Force developed credible information regarding a vehicle in which an occupant may be illegally in possession of a firearm. Hartford STF Officers observed a vehicle matching the description, traveling north on Garden Street in the area of Greenfield Street, traveling fast and disregarding multiple stop signs. STF and Fugitive Detectives stopped the vehicle on Barbour Street at Westland Street. Further investigation revealed the passenger, Accused/Daniel, had a stolen S&W 9mm firearm concealed in his waistband. Accused/Daniel was also in possession the listed narcotics. The operator of the vehicle Accused/Castro, was in possession of the listed narcotics Both accused parties were transported to Hartford Police Headquarters for booking and processing.
Arrest #1; Castro, Khadafi, 37, of Hartford, CT.
Charges; Stop Sign Violation x 2, Operating Under Suspension and Possession Narcotics.
Arrest #2; Daniel, Keenan, 19, of Benton Harbor, MI.
Charges; Weapon in M/V, Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit, Theft of a Firearm and Possession Narcotics.
Vehicle; 2013 Mazda 2, four door hatchback color gray, GA temporary plate
Daniel- Smith & Wesson Model 59, 9mm handgun, with one magazine containing (10) live 9mm rounds of ammunition.
Firearm listed in NCIC as stolen out of Bloomfield, CT.
Daniel- (1) plastic bag containing (20) small zip lock bags each containing a white rock like substance (suspected crack cocaine).
Castro- (7) wax paper sleeves each containing an off white powder substance (suspected heroin).
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, in response to numerous recent shots fired and firearm related calls on the street, the Hartford Shooting Task Force set up surveillance in the area of Pawtucket Street. At approximately 5:20pm, a group of men gathered in front of 3 Pawtucket Street and became involved in a heated dispute. Through investigation and surveillance, investigators believed the individuals were armed and that the dispute would become violent. As a result, members of the Hartford STF were directed in to detain the group. During pat downs for weapons, Detectives located a .40 caliber Glock, in Accused/Lugo's shorts pocket. Then they located a .38 caliber revolver in Accused/Rosario's rear pant pocket. During the investigation Accused/Hampton and Tellado interfered with the arrest and were charged accordingly.
Two Parolees were also taken into custody and immediately remanded by the on scene CT DOC/Parole investigator: Parolee Sterling was involved in the dispute and Parolee Velez was present with Accused Lugo, both were remanded by a Hartford STF assigned DOC/Parole Officer and transported directly to Hartford Correctional Center. The remaining arrested parties were transported to Hartford Police Headquarters for booking and processing procedures. Accused Rosario and Lugo were held on $750,000 bonds respectively.
Arrest #1; Rosario, Edwin, 24, of Hartford, CT.
Charges; Disorderly Conduct, Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Theft of a Firearm.
Firearm Seized; Smith & Wesson, Model 637, .38 caliber Revolver, with one live .38 caliber round of ammunition (gun was stolen out of East Hartford).
(Rosario, a convicted felon, was also a shooting victim earlier this year, he did not cooperate with that investigation).
Arrest #2; Lugo Jr, Jose, 25, of Hartford, CT.
Charges; Disorderly Conduct, Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Obliterated Serial Number.
Firearm; Glock, Model 27, .40 caliber handgun, with obliterated serial number, magazine containing (4) live .40 caliber rounds of ammunition.
Arrest #3; Hampton, John, 25, of Hartford, CT. Charge; Interfering w/ Police.
Arrest #4; Tellado, Rafael, 21, Hartford, CT. Charges; Disorderly Conduct and Interfering w/ Police.
Parole Remand to HCC by Parole Officer Bonfiglio;
Velez, Brian, 27, of West Hartford, CT. Sterling, Harold, 22, of Hartford, CT.
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