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Wanted for Sexual Assault


On September 6, 2014 at approximately 11:53 PM New Britain Police Officers responded to The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain Campus, to investigate a sexual assault / robbery complaint.  An adult female had sought medical attention at the hospital after being assaulted in the area of West Main St and Grove Hill St   

On September 14, 2014 ANTONIO PONDER DOB 3/24/1990 of 86 Edwards St Hartford, CT. was identified as the suspect in this investigation.  An arrest warrant was granted for Ponder on the same date charging him with Sexual Assault 1st Degree, Robbery 3rd Degree, and Assault 3rd Degree.  

Over the past twenty four hours attempts by the New Britain and Hartford Police Departments to locate and arrest Ponder have proved fruitless.  We are asking for the public’s assistance to locate Ponder so that he can be served with the warrant.  He is considered a danger to the public and should not be approached.        

Ponder is 5’07, approximately 180 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is asked to call 860-826-3000. Anonymous tips may be made on the Community Tip Line at (860) 826-3199 or on the New Britain Police website newbritainpolice.org .  Hartford Police can be reached at 860-757-4089.    

Homicide Arrest

On Friday night at 9:16pm Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to the area of 538 Park St. after several 911 calls and ShotSpotter notification of shots fired. Responding Officers located a male victim, laying on the sidewalk, directly in front of 538 Park St., suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. The victim, Milton Castro, was pronounced dead on scene by EMS personnel.

HPD Major Crimes Division/Homicide Detectives responded and initiated an investigation. Assisted by Crime Scene Techs and Shooting Task Force investigators, Homicide Detectives worked through the night and through the weekend following leads. Information was developed that the suspect and a witness were hiding from law enforcement in an address in the South End of Hartford. Detectives believed the witness had also been shot during the homicide. Last night HPD Homicide Detectives, Patrol Officers, and the Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at the location.

The suspect, Jose LaPorte, 20 of Hartford was located in the residence. The witness, Marcus Montero, 27 of Hartford was also found in the house, suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Both were transported to the HPD Major Crimes Division.

Overnight Detectives applied for and obtained arrest warrants for both:

Jose Laporte 20, of Hartford, CT.
1. Murder
Bond-$750,000 cash

Marcus Montero 27 of Hartford, CT.
1. Criminal Attempt Murder
2. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
3. Criminal Use of Firearm
4. Carrying a Pistol without a permit
Bond- $750,000 cash

Cigarette/Tobacco Crackdown in Hartford

During the month of August, detectives with the Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit, using a grant from the Tobacco Master Settlement Health and Trust Fund, through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, conducted unannounced compliance inspections of establishments that sell tobacco products. The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of eighteen. A total of 181 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted. Of this, a total of fifty (50) establishments were found to be in violation of the General Statutes of Connecticut, Sec. 53-344(b), Sale of tobacco to minors under eighteen. The offending clerks were issued a first time infraction of $200.00.

Please use this link for full report and list of compliant and non-compliant businesses. 

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