On August 23, 2015, at 1:09 a.m., Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and the Hartford Shooting Task Force responded to Norma's Café, located at 379 Capital Avenue, for a large fight outside. A witness was located who stated during the fight, a male suspect fired one shot into the air. One 9mm shell casing was located. Hartford STF Detectives were assigned the investigation. Hartford STF Detectives developed investigative information identifying a suspect, identified as Joshua Rodriguez, 24, of Manchester, CT. An arrest warrant was submitted to GA14 and granted on September 8, 2015. Over the course of several weeks, numerous attempts to apprehend Rodriguez have been made however he has eluded capture and has engaged HPD officers in pursuits.
On October 18, 2015, at 1:00 a.m., HPD Patrol Officers patrolling the area of Broad Street at Capital Avenue, observed Rodriguez walking. Aware of the active felony arrest warrant for Rodriguez, HPD officers immediately apprehended Rodriguez without incident. Rodriguez was transported to the Hartford Police Booking facility where the STF warrant was served. In addition to the STF warrant, two additional warrants were served for Violation of Probation, Larceny 3rd Degree; Reckless Driving and Operating Under Suspension stemming from an earlier pursuit with a stolen vehicle and HPD officers.
Arrested: Joshua Rodriguez, 24, of Manchester, CT
1. Carrying a Pistol without a permit
2. Unlawful Discharge of a firearm
3. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
4. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
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-Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
The Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Fire Fighter Association, IAFF 760, are selling Kevin L. Bell Memorial Tee Shirts to raise funds for the Bell family. The Tee Shirts are available for purchase thru the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit at the Hartford Public Safety Complex, 253 High Street, Hartford, CT between the hours of 8am to 4pm. The shirts are also available at the Offices of the Hartford Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 760 at 1 Linden Place, Unit 104, Hartford, CT between the hours of 9am and 2 pm. All proceeds from these sales will go to the Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund. The shirts are $20 and are available in Blue and Grey. They will remain on sale until they are sold out. For additional information contact the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit at 860-757-4520 or the Hartford Fire Fighters Association at 860-296-3523.
The Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund has been established through the Hartford Fire Fighters Survivors' Fund to benefit the family of Brother Bell. Donations may be sent to the following:
Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund
C/O Hartford Fire Fighters Survivors' Fund
669 Hebron Ave
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103