On June 24, 2014, just after 9:00pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to 154 Adams Street for a person shot. Responding officers located the victim, later identified as Jose Torres, 33 of Hartford. Torres, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound, was transported to the St. Francis Hospital and pronounced deceased a short time later. Initial investigation showed the shooting occurred during a cookout where numerous adults and children were present. Hartford Police Department- Major Crimes Division Detectives working homicide assumed the investigation.
Citizens provided verified information to detectives and intelligence was developed which lead to Tayshawn "Kanye" Simms, 02/21/91, of Hartford, being identified as the shooter. On September 23, 2014, homicide detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Simms. Tayshawn "Kanye" Simms was captured a short time later by members of the HPD North Conditions Team as well as the Hartford Police Intelligence Division. Simms was transported to the HPD Major Crimes Division, interviewed by homicide detectives, and booked.
Simms, having been arrested by HPD on numerous previous occasions, was charged with Murder and given a $2,000,000 bond.
On the morning of Saturday, September 20, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers captured John O'Connor, 48, of East Hartford, at 10 Jefferson St. in the act of robbing and kidnapping a victim. This was the result of an ongoing investigation into several Police Impersonation/Robbery incidents in the south end of Hartford. Five similar "Police Impersonator" incidents had been reported to HPD in just over a week. O'Connor is alleged to approach unknown victims and identify himself as a Detective. The suspect would then request ID information and while the victims were complying, the suspect would take their wallet. In one incident, the suspect forced a 63 year-old solely Spanish-speaking victim to the ATM to retrieve funds. O'Connor is a white male in his 40's, with dark short hair, cleanly shaven with no accent or tattoos. O'Connor did not have any police clothing or equipment other than a badge that he wore hanging from around his neck. Major Crimes Division Detectives are continuing the investigation into past incidents and will be applying for more arrest warrants in the near future.
Additional victims are encouraged to come forwarded. It is possible that there are more, unreported victims, in the Hartford region that have not yet made themselves known to the Police. It is possible that immigrant victims were being targeted. If anyone believes they may have been a victim of one of these Police Impersonator/Robbery incidents, they are asked to contact HPD Sergeant Brandon O'Brien at (860) 757-4089.
1. Kidnapping 2nd
2. Robbery 3rd
3. Impersonating a Police Officer
O'Connor, who is a convicted felon, is also wanted by Probation/Parole.
As a part of the Envision Fest on Sunday, there will several bicycle races through the heart of downtown Hartford. During the races, the course will be closed to vehicle traffic. This will occur throughout the day from 8:00am through 5:00pm. HPD Traffic Division Officers will be at all intersections affected to help direct and reroute vehicle traffic.
See map below for course route.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103