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STF make arrest in 2013 Shooting

On May 11th, 2013 at approximately 1:00am, Patrol Units responded to shots fired in the area of 53 Seyms Street. Citizens in the area reported hearing two gunshots, but couldn't provide any additional information. In April of 2014, detectives for the HPD Shooting Task Force developed information regarding this shooting that had occurred on May of 2013. The shots fired occurred as a result of one male trying to fight several other individuals that were hanging out in the park located on East Street at Seyms Street.  An intended victim and shooter were identified. The investigation led to a warrant being applied for the suspected shooter- Steven Echevarria (a convicted felon with a violent history). The warrant was approved on April 30th, 2014. On May 1st, 2014 Echevarria was apprehended during the execution of a narcotics search warrant at 51 Seyms Street.

Arrest: Steven Echevarria, 23 of 51 Seyms Street, Hartford, CT.

Charges:

1. Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit

2. Criminal Possession of a Firearm

3. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm

4. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree

Court set bond of $350,000

**During the arrest apprehension and narcotics search warrant execution, Echevarria was also charged with Destruction of Evidence and Interfering with police.

2013 Homicide Arrest

On December 20, 2013 at approximately 9:00pm, Hartford Police Patrol officers responded to the location of 109 Adelaide Street on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Officers located a victim, Angel Vasquez 23 of Hartford suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead, on scene, at 2117 hours by EMS personnel. The investigation produced on scene physical evidence which led to the identification of a person of interest via DNA profile. This DNA work was completed by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services Forensic Science Laboratory; they identified this individual as Daniel Morales 03/20/84 aka “Mafi” of East Hartford and Hartford. Hartford Police Homicide Detectives had already developed Morales as a suspect. The DNA hit confirmed the detectives working theory that Morales was involved in the incident. Morales, a convicted felon was out on Parole. As is common practice, the HPD homicide detectives then began working closely with CT Parole officers to locate Morales. Ultimately Morales was located and taken to the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division. On April 24, 2014, Morales was interviewed at the Hartford Police Department, and ultimately confessed to shooting and killing Vasquez. Morales was subsequently remanded to DOC custody by CT Parole Officers and is currently incarcerated. On April 29, 2014, an arrest warrant was approved for Daniel Morales, charging him with Murder, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Use of a Firearm and Tampering with Evidence with a judge set bond of one million dollars. The warrant will be served at Morales’s next court appearance. HPD homicide detectives continue to work through active and cold cases from 2013.

Reward Offerred for Info

Accident Reconstruction Detectives in the Hartford Police Department Crime Scene Division are announcing the offer of a $10,000 Reward for information relating to the fatal motor vehicle accident with a pedestrian.

The Hartford Police Department is seeking the public’s and media’s assistance in locating the suspect vehicle in the 2013 fatal motor vehicle accident of a pedestrian, victim - Roberto Manuel Cruz (34 years old of 146 Otis Street, Hartford, CT). On November 24, 2013, at approximately 2:30 am, Mr. Cruz was struck while crossing Maple Ave. by an evading vehicle in this fatal hit and run. Based on video surveillance and vehicle parts recovered from the scene, the evading vehicle is a gray 4 door 2003-2006 Infiniti G35. Vehicle damage would have been front right broken headlight lens and missing right front headlamp, missing right front fender parking light, and likely hood damage. The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound beyond 700 Maple Ave with right front end damage.

Through a request from the Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Office, Governor Malloy has approved a $10,000 (Ten Thousand) reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for this fatal hit and run motor vehicle accident.

Anyone who may have information regarding this vehicle or this accident is asked to call Detective Candice Hendrix at (860) 757-4226. Tips can be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 860 722-TIPS (8477).

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