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Arrest at the Corner Grinder

On October 4, 2015, at 10:18pm, a Hartford Police Department Patrol Officer was patrolling the area near the Corner Grinder Shop (200 Franklin Ave.) due to recent burglaries. The HPD Patrol Officer observed a male walking away from the rear of the restaurant dressed in all black, with a hood pulled tightly around his face and unsuccessfully attempting to conceal a large pair of bolt cutters. The restaurant was darkened and closed. The Patrol Officer watched as the suspect continued towards a nearby construction site. During the investigation, Officers approached the suspect. The suspect was in possession of nine dollars in rolled coins, a cash register key and a Boar's Head pencil. The bolt cutters were found tossed in the grass near the suspect. Further investigation revealed that an alarm had been activated at Corner Grinder. At the restaurant, a rear door was found open and the bars on a rear window were forced apart indicating an active break-in. Restaurant management were called and arrived to provided an inventory of the missing items. The items reported missing by restaurant management matched the items found with the suspect. The suspect was also identified as a former employee. HPD South District Burglary detectives will follow up the investigation.

Accused: Torres-Fernandez, Carlos - 5/15/67 - 77 Franklin Ave., Hartford, CT
1. Burglary 3rd (53a-103)
2. Possession of Burglary Tools (53a-107)
3. Larceny 6th (53a-125b)
4. Criminal Mischief 2nd (53a-116)

Gun Arrest October 1, 2015

On October 1, 2015, at 1:26 p.m., Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and South District Community Service Officers were addressing community complaints of trespassers and open street drug dealing in the rear parking lot of 582 Zion Street. While addressing those complaints, HPD officers were investigating an individual, later identified as Mario Santiago, 38, of Hartford, CT in the immediate area and observed a bulge alongside his waistband. Upon seeing the police officers, Santiago immediately ran into 582 Zion Street in flight. Investigating HPD officers entered the building and observed a firearm fall from Santiago's waistband as he ran into an apartment. Santiago was taken into custody inside of the apartment. Recovered was a .380 caliber Bersa handgun with magazine. The Hartford Shooting Task Force was notified of the incident.

.380 caliber Bersa handgun with one round in the chamber and eight rounds in the magazine (gun stolen from Bethany CT in 1995)

582 Zion Street

Arrested: Mario Santiago, 38, of Hartford, CT (Convicted Felon, 29 Previous Hartford Arrests)

1. Trespass 3rd Degree
2. Interfering with Police
3. Carrying a Pistol without a Permit
4. Theft of a Firearm
5. Criminal possession of a Firearm
Bond set at $450,000

Arrest in Shots Fired Incident

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 5:40pm the Hartford Police Department Shot Spotter detected two gun shots coming from the area of 316 Bellevue Street. HPD Patrol Officers responded and canvassed the area, but were unable to locate a crime scene or anything of evidentiary value. In the days following the shooting, Hartford Shooting Task Force detectives developed information that there was an on-going dispute over a female, between two males, and that the shooter went by the street name of "Pound". During the dispute, "Pound" shot at the male he was having the dispute with. The Detectives identified "Pound" as Lorenzo Ellison. During the course of the investigation, Detectives located witnesses and evidence of the shooting, which led to the preparation of an arrest warrant for Accused Ellison.On September 29, 2015, the arrest warrant was granted by a Judge at GA14, with a court set bond of $500,000. Accused Ellison was apprehended without incident by members of the STF on September 29, 2015.

Arrest; Ellison, Lorenzo, 21yo, of 23 Warren Street, Hartford, CT.
Charges; Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit and Criminal Attempt at Assault First Degree.

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