The Hartford Police Dept. Police Athletic League and the UCONN Men’s Hockey Team are teaming up for a Turkey Give-A-Way to Hartford families.
The event is Tuesday, November 25th at 4:00pm, at the HPD PAL facility (85 Edwards St, formerly Quirk Middle School). The collborative team will be giving away 60 complete meals for our Hartford PAL families. PAL Board members and PAL Staff will be assisted by the UCONN Men’s Hockey team, who will join us at 4:00pm through 5:00pm to distribute the complete Thanksgiving Dinner "kits". The team will then play floor hockey with the kids in the gym from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.
On November 22, 2014 at 10:32pm, Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force Officers were in the area of 378 Garden Street canvassing for a Juvenile gang member with an active Take Into Custody (TIC) warrant. A person matching the description was observed walking south on Garden Street and was stopped in front of 370 Garden Street. The Juvenile was positively identified and was found to be in possession of a loaded Colt .32 caliber pistol as well as 12 bags of marijuana. He was transported to the Juvenile Investigative Division (JID) to be processed. The Juvenile was eventually transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility located at 920 Broad Street Hartford, for the TIC, and respective firearm and marijuana charges.
Arrested Juvenile: Under 18yo Male. (Dumout Gang Member)
Evidence: One Colt .32 caliber pistol containing eight (8) live .32 caliber ammunition rounds, and Twelve Ziplock baggies each containing a green plant substance (Marijuana)
1. Carrying Pistol W/O a Permit
2. Possession of Marijuana
3. TIC Order
On November 22, 2014 at 9:20pm Hartford Police Officers from the South Conditions Unit conducted a motor vehicle stop of the suspect in the area of 1 Julius Street. Officers were immediately concerned when they saw the suspect attempting to conceal an unknown item under the driver's side seat of the vehicle. The officers requested the party to exit the vehicle for officer safety purposes. As the party exited the vehicle the firearm was observed partially protruding from beneath the driver's seat. The suspect was found to not possess a CT pistol permit and was placed under arrest and charged accordingly.
Arrested: Xavier Cruz-Echevarria (dob 6/16/92) of 42 Ellsworth Street, Hartford, CT
1. Improper Parking
2. Operating an Unregistered MV
3. Operating MV No License
4. Insufficient Insurance
5. Misuse Marker Plates
6. Weapons in a MV
7. Possession of a Pistol w/out a Permit
Firearm: Beretta Model 96/40 cal Firearm, color silver, containing seven live 40 cal. rounds
Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel, color white (bearing CT misuse marker 254-ZXG)
On November 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00pm, Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force Detectives were in the area Farmington Avenue when they covertly witnessed an apparent hand to hand drug transaction involving a motor vehicle. Through the ongoing investigation the suspect vehicle was stopped in the area of 135 Broad Street. As the Detectives approached the vehicle they observed the driver attempting to conceal an item below the driver's side seat and the center console. The driver was instructed to put his hands on the steering wheel but disobeyed the commands several times. The driver was removed from the vehicle and stated that he had a gun and Heroin in the vehicle. A loaded .22 caliber revolver (obliterated serial number) along with 50 bags of heroin were recovered from the vehicle. The suspect, Joel Deleon DOB 1/1/81, is a convicted felon and known member of the Los Solidos street gang. This is the 24th time Deleon has been arrested by the Hartford Police Department. DeLeon was arrested and booked at HPD without incident. Bond 50K
1. Failure to Stop for Traffic Signal
2. Operating w/o a License
3. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
4. Pistol w/o a Permit
5. Weapons in a Motor Vehicle
6. Obliterated Serial Number
7. Possession of Narcotics
8. PWITS Narcotics
On evening of November 13, 2014, Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Vice, Intell and Narcotics Division, assisted by members of the South Conditions Unit, were conducting a prostitution detail throughout the city. At approx. 10:36pm, in the area of Martin St. and Nelson St., the officers heard several (3) gun shots in close proximity. Several units converged upon the area and observed a suspect fleeing from the rear yards into a waiting vehicle. This vehicle failed to stop for the officers and fled south on Barbour St. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the vehicle and occupants were apprehended at the intersection of Woodland St and Farmington Ave. A firearm was discovered discarded from the suspect vehicle during the pursuit. The occupants of the vehicle were transported to MCD to be debriefed. A scene was located at 64 Martin Street consisting of several spent shell casing. Investigation revealed that was in possession of the firearm and discarded it during the vehicle pursuit. Willis was identified as the driver. Three of the occupants of the vehicle (Young, Willis, and Torres) were placed under arrest for various charges and transported to booking.
Arrested: Troy Young DOB 5-15-88 LKA 373 Farmington Ave, Htfd (Convicted Felon, 35 Previous Hartford Arrests)
1. Criminal possession of a firearm
2. Carrying a pistol without a permit
3. Weapons in a motor vehicle
4. Possession of a stolen firearm
5. Unlawful discharge of a firearm
6. Reckless endangerment in the first degree.
Arrested: Ruben Torres DOB 7-31-71 LKA 373 Capitol Avenue, Htfd
1. Interfering with Police
Arrested: Tayrence Willis, DOB 2-19-92 LKA of 821 Capitol Avenue, Htfd (Convicted Felon, 11 previous arrest)
1. Interfering with police
2. Reckless endangerment in the first degree
3. Reckless driving
4. Operating motor vehicle under suspension
Evidence: One silver Colt 45 caliber firearm with an empty magazine.
Evidence: Three spent .45 caliber shell casings.
Evidence: One spent .380 caliber shell casing.
On November 5, 2014 at 9:33pm, Hartford Police Officer Megan Cirigliano reported that she heard three gunshots in the immediate area of Shultas Pl. near Franklin Av. A Witness also heard gunshots and looked out a window, the witness observed the suspect holding a silver firearm. Officer Cirigliano and Officer Susannah Hildebidle located the suspect reaching inside a vehicle. The Officers secured the suspect. The Officers then recovered a Colt 45 single action revolver which was loaded and set in a cocked position. The firearm contained four spent shell casings, and one .45 caliber round. The firearm was seized and placed in the HPD property room; Shooting Task Force investigators debriefed the suspect- identified below. No scene, damage and/or victims were located or reported from area hospitals. The Accused was taken into custody for the below listed charges.
Accused: Rafeal Baez, 37, Hartford, CT.
1. Criminal Possession of Firearm, 53a-217c
2. Unlawful Discharge, 53-203
3. Reckless Endangerment 1st, 53a-63
4. Operating M/V without a license 14-36
5. Operating Unregistered M/V, 14-12
Evidence: Colt Single action Revolver, four spent shell casings, and one .45 caliber round.
On November 2, 2014 at 8:10pm Hartford Police Patrol Officers responded to a 911 call at 36 Bedford Street on a report of a stabbing. The victim, identified as Brian Salaman, 17 (8/30/97) of 36 Bedford Street, was found lying on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his torso and neck. EMS responded and immediately transported the victim to the St. Francis. Medical efforts were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at 10:11pm.
Patrol Officers took the suspect into custody on scene without incident and established a crime scene. Major Crimes Division- Homicide Detectives began an immediate investigation. This Investigation revealed that the suspect and victim became involved in a physical altercation outside of 36 Bedford Street resulting in the victim being stabbed. Numerous witnesses came forward and provided information and written statements to investigators. Major Crimes Investigators executed a Search warrant at the residence and recovered numerous items of evidentiary value.
The suspect has been identified as Edwin Ruiz (4/16/86) of 36 Bedford Street and a relative to the victim. The suspect has been charge with one count of Murder C.G.S 53a-54a. The suspect does have a history of DV related arrests with HPD.
The victim has no history with the Hartford Police Department, and was a student at Bulkeley High School.
The Hartford Police Department is still seeking witnesses and information. Anyone with information is asked to call Lieutenant Glendaly Garcia at 860-757-4043.