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)
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
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.
On September 27, 2015 at 2:32am, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 445 Garden St. on a report of a car striking a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive female in the roadway on the south bound lane of travel. The victim had visible injuries to her head, and lower extremities. The victim was transported to St. Francis hospital, and was listed in critical condition. A witness on scene stated the victim was crossing the road when she was struck by a vehicle, which fled North on Garden Street. Accident reconstructionist from the HPD Crime Scene Division are conducting the investigation.
The suspect vehicle is possibly a white or tan S.U.V.
On September 29, 2015 at approximately 1:23am the victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced at St. Francis Hospital.
Victim: Ayala, Felicita 60yo, of Garden St, Hartford
Anyone with information, about the hit and run accident, is asked to contact HPD Crime Scene Unit Detective Denise Mendoza at (860) 757-4343. Anonymous tips can also be submitted using the "Submit a Tip" link to the right of the page.
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Hartford CT, 06103