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Arrest in March 23, 2015 Homicide

On March 23, 2015, at 5:52pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 19 Benton Street on a report of a victim who had been shot. Officers located the victim, later identified as Julius Rivera, DOB 03/04/1995, lying on the floor within the apartment. Rivera sustained multiple gunshot wounds and succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Information was provided that Rivera was allegedly a member of the "420" gang associated with 19 Benton Street.

Major Crimes Division Homicide Detectives assumed the investigation. A suspect, Raymond Vega, DOB 06/04/1995, of 11 Benton Street also known as "Cito" was developed early on in the investigation. Vega is allegedly affiliated with the Latin King gang.

Witnesses were located and ultimately identified Vega as the shooter. An arrest warrant was approved for Vega for violation of CGS 53a-54a, Murder. Vega is currently incarcerated at Garner Correctional Facility for an unrelated incident. On August 25, 2015, at a habeas, the warrant was served and he is charged with Murder, held on a $1,000,000 Bond.

Arrest made in Westland Street Shooting

On August 22, 2015, at 2:07 pm, Hartford Police Department responded to 170 Westland Street on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, HPD Officers spoke with a male victim. The victim stated to HPD Officers, that while he was in the rear lot of his residence, he was approached by a male who immediately became confrontational with the victim over a prior incident. During the confrontation, the male suspect reached behind his back making the victim believe he was reaching for a gun. The victim grabbed the male suspect in an attempt to restrain him and a physical altercation ensued. In the scuffle, the suspect dropped a small firearm. The two males separated and the suspect recovered the firearm. As the suspect was leaving, he turned and fired one gunshot in the victim's direction. The suspect left the scene in a silver Nissan Maxima, north on Barbour Street. Although projectile damage was sustained to a vehicle no one was struck by the gunfire and the victim sustained only an abrasion on his knee. The Hartford Shooting Task Force was notified and responded to the scene, where the incident was further investigated.

The Hartford Shooting Task Force and HPD Officers were able to locate and interview several witnesses. HPD Officers and Detectives developed a description for the suspect and a street name of "Dread." The male suspect was identified as Jervel Johnson, 24, of East Hartford, CT. With the identification of the suspect and sufficient probable cause developed, Hartford Shooting Task Force Detectives and officers from the East Hartford Police Department responded to the residence of Jervel Johnson, where Johnson was taken into custody and transported to the Hartford Police Booking facility for processing.

Arrested: Jervel Johnson, 24, of East Hartford, CT
1. Breach of Peace 2nd Degree
2. Carrying a Pistol without a Permit
3. Criminal Attempt Assault 1st Degree
4. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
5. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
6. Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree

1st Day of School Traffic Enforcement

Hartford Police Department Traffic Division
Summer/Fall 2015 Back to School Safety Initiative

"Safe Drivers for Safe Students"

The Hartford Police Traffic Division will initiate a citywide motor vehicle safety operation beginning Tuesday, August 25th. The operation will coincide with the return of students to city schools. Officers from the Community Services Bureau and City of Hartford School Crossing Guards have been tasked to assist with keeping our children safe.
Regardless if children walk, ride a bicycle, or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they, and the motorists around them, take proper safety precautions. Take extra care in school zones and neighborhood areas where children and teenagers might be walking or riding bicycles to school. Be alert, children are unpredictable.

Please be aware of the following:
• Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
• All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a stopped school bus with red flashing lights.
• All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
• While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
• School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children.
• The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.

The Traffic Division will provide special attention to the city's high schools. New and inexperienced young drivers will be driving to school. Education and counseling will be recommended as enforcement options while traditional enforcement will be reserved for serious violations. Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. The more they know, the more we can do to prevent these crashes. Contrary to popular belief, teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things.

Officers will be given greater discretion when dealing with students driving to high school. Warnings with educational prompts on hazards/responsibilities of operating a motor vehicle will be encouraged. Serious offences will be addressed accordingly with a goal of keeping all students safe.

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