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 22yo 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.
On June 11, 2014 at approximately at 2:43am HPD received a ShotSpotter activation, at 26 Vine St., for a single shot in the street. At 2:44am Patrol Officers found the victim lying prone in street, in front of 44 Vine St, suffering from a single GSW to the chest. He was transport to St. Francis Hospital where was pronounced at 6:44am. HPD Major Crimes Division Detectives assumed this investigation as well.
Citizens provided verified information to detectives, and intelligence was developed which lead to Cleveland Brown, 09/24/93 (21), of Hartford, being identified as the shooter in the May 27th assault. Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Brown. On September 23, 2014 Brown was taken into custody by a by Patrol Officers. 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. Brown has been incarcerated since his September 23rd arrest.
While Brown was incarcerated, investigators continued to develop leads into the June 11th murder to Taylor. On October 21, 2014, Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division Homicide Detectives applied for and obtained another arrest warrant for Cleveland Brown, this one for Murder 53a-54 charging him with the homicide of Tyron Taylor. (Charge: CGS 53a-54a – Murder). The arrest warrant will be served at Brown's next court appearance.
On October 20th, 2014, at 3:41pm, a Hartford Police Department North Community Service Officer observed a GMC Terrain operating at a high rate of speed south on Garden Street from Westland Street. The officer began to follow the vehicle as it turned west on Nelson Street. At that point the vehicle stopped and the front passenger, McKeithan, exited the vehicle with a laptop bag. McKeithan dropped the bag then quickly entered back into the vehicle. The officer exited his vehicle and retrieved the bag as the vehicle sped off west on Nelson Street towards Enfield Street. The officer quickly broadcasted the vehicle's description and direction of travel. Another North Community Service Officer, who was in the area, was able to stop the vehicle near Nelson Street at Enfield Street. Patrol officers responded quickly as back up and assisted as both parties were taken into custody without further incident. Within the laptop bag retrieved by the officer was the below listed Tec 9 firearm.
Arrest #1: Angel Gonzalez, 27, Hartford CT.
1. Seat Belt Violation
2. Operating w/ Suspended License
3. Possession Controlled Substance
4. PWITS Controlled Substance
5. Possession Assault Weapon
6. Possession High Capacity Magazine
7. Criminal Possession Firearm
8. Theft of Firearm
9. Weapons in M/V
10. Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit.
Arrest #2; Jerry McKeithan, 30, of Hartford CT.
1. Possession Assault Weapon
2. Possession High Capacity Magazine
3. Criminal Possession Firearm
4. Theft of Firearm
5. Weapons in M/V
6. Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit.
Suspect Vehicle; 2014 GMC Terrain color Gray, Kansas Registration 976GAU (rental).
Seized Firearm; Intratec Model AB-10 (TEC-9) 9mm semi-automatic Assault Weapon w/ 30 round
magazine containing 18 live rounds, Firearm listed in NCIC as stolen out of, Hartford CT, on 5/21/2003
36 rounds of loose 9mm ammunition.
Less than 4 ounces of Marijuana.
$481.00 in U.S. Currency
On October 16, 2014 at 6:30pm members of the Hartford Police Department South Conditions Unit (SCU) responded to the area of 25 Lincoln Street in response to a citizen complaint of shots fired. SCU Investigators were able to locate a witness whom provided a suspect description and direction of travel. The listed arrested party, whom fit the provided suspect description, was then located and detained in the rear of 10 Lincoln Street by SCU investigators and members of the Shooting Task Force (STF) arrived on scene to assist in the investigation. A subsequent on scene investigation led to the recovery of the listed stolen firearm, and the positive identification of the arrested party. An extensive area canvass was conducted in search of evidence, and/or possible victims, yielding negative results. The arrested party, during a post Miranda interview, provided a sworn written confession in regards to the incident.
Arrested: Verhjanish Castaneda-Morales, 21 of Hartford, CT
1. Carrying a Pistol w/out a Permit
2. Possession Stolen Firearm
3. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
4. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
5. Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree
Recovered Stolen Firearm: (1) Ruger 9mm semi-auto, Model LC, Handgun (s/n 32013002), and (2) magazines containing (8) live 9mm rounds (picture below)
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103