On October 22, 2015, at 1:10pm, a Hartford Police Department Animal Control Officer (ACO) went to 19 Florence Street to investigate an unlawful animal transaction complaint. The ACO arrived with the complainants and she observed two males in the backyard of the residence. One of the males, Raheem Richardson, was identified as the suspect who had illegally sold the dogs to the complainants. The ACO and the complainants were then invited into the house by Richardson to discuss the matter. Once inside the house the ACO observed what she believed to be a rifle against the wall and a handgun laying in a child's seat that was in the living room. The ACO asked Richardson if the guns were "real". Richardson began acting very nervous and frantically grabbed the rifle (A Ruger BB gun) to demonstrate it was not a real firearm. Richardson then grabbed the handgun and ran up the stairs in the house. Now Fearing that Richardson may now be concealing a real handgun, the ACO radioed for police assistance/backup as she yelled for Richardson to come back downstairs. NOTE: HPD ACO's are unarmed- HPD Officers are aware of this and respond to these requests for assistance with urgency.
Assisting Officers quickly arrived and were able to detained Richardson without incident in an upstairs bedroom. Richardson's infant son was also in the bedroom (unharmed). A Walther .380 Caliber pistol containing four live rounds was located directly under the open window below the room in which Richardson was detained (Investigation showed the firearm had been reported stolen out of Chicago Il in 1988).
It was learned through the course of the investigation that the second person, who was initially in the yard with Richardson when the ACO arrived, had an active arrest warrant for Assault in the First Degree with the East Hartford Police Department. However, he had just left the scene. A description of the suspect was broadcast. HPD Traffic Division Officers located the 2nd suspect. (The Traffic Division as well as many other officers responded to the area to back up the ACO) Cleveland Byfield Jr was taken into custody by the Traffic Div Officers nearby on Fairmount Street (he was transported to EHPD).
Raheem Richardson was debriefed by Shooting Task Force Detectives and admitted to throwing the Walther .380 Pistol out of the second floor bedroom during the incident. Richardson has a previous SJO and a domestic violence conviction that disqualify him from possessing a Firearm.
Raheem Richardson was charged with the following: Failure to License a Dog, Failure to Vaccinate, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Theft of a Firearm, Unlawful Storage, and Risk of injury to a Minor.
The infant was left with mother, DCF Notified.
1) Arrested: Raheem Richardson, 23, of Hartford CT.
Charges: Failure to License a Dog, Failure to Vaccinate, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Theft of a Firearm, Unlawful Storage, and Risk of injury to a Minor
Evidence: Walther Arms P1 KAL .380 Semi-automatic containing four live ammunition rounds (Stolen).
2) Arrested: Cleveland Byfield Jr., 22, of East Hartford CT
Charges: Assault in the First Degree (East Hartford Police Arrest Warrant)
On October 22, 2015, at 11:22pm, HPD Patrol Officers responded to 164 Burnham Street on report of a serious assault with a firearm. Upon arrival, officers met with the male victim, a 23yo male from Windsor, CT, who was alert and conscious. The victim stated he and two other people were sitting inside an Acura which was parked in the driveway located at 164 Burnham Street. They noticed a Chrysler 300 drive past them, several times, east bound on Burnham Street. Shortly after they observed two unknown males, on foot, walking west bound on Burnham Street toward them. One of the males, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, shot at them several times. The males then fled, on foot, east bound on Burnham Street. Officers on scene located six spent shell casing in front of 160 Burnham Street and found seven bullet holes along the driver side of the Acura. The male victim who suffered a non-life threatening graze to the left side of his neck was treated and released by Saint Francis hospital. Hartford STF arrived on scene to investigate.
Suspect #1: Male wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt with a handgun. Unknown race, height or weight
Suspect #2: Male unknown height, weight, race
Suspect vehicle: Dark colored, possibly black, Newer Chrysler 300 with dark tints. (Possibly a rental)
On October 21, 2015, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to the area of Kent Street and Homestead Avenue on a report of a suspect with a firearm. The suspect was identified by the street name "Mugga" and his physical description was given. Hartford STF Detectives were familiar with a person in that area, Raymond Waller, who uses the street name "Mugga". During the investigation, Detectives carefully approached Waller standing on the sidewalk in front of 55 Norfolk Street. The detectives approached to investigate and Waller immediately tried to run but was quickly detained without further incident. A Sport Arms .38 special revolver with six live ammunition rounds was recovered from Wallers front right pant pocket. Waller was also in possession of three plastic bags of marijuana. It should be noted that Waller is a convicted felon and is currently on probation (Violation Status) for a previous 2013 Firearm arrest. Waller was charged with the following: Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Pistol w/o a Permit, Possession of Controlled Substance. A Violation of Probation warrant was additionally served on Waller at the time of this arrest.
Arrested: Raymond Waller aka "Mugga", 25, of Prospect Avenue Hartford CT.
Charges: Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Pistol w/o a Permit, Possession of Controlled Substance and Violation of Probation (Warrant).
Evidence: Sport Arms .38 Special Revolver S/N 50228 containing 6 live ammunition rounds. 3 plastic bags of Marijuana.
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