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.
UPDATE: The mother of 4 year-old Shafyalya Nicks has been found.
On September 28, 2015, at 10:08am, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to 182 Collins Street on a report of a found 4 year-old girl. Officers learned that a citizen had been driving down the street and noticed the young child wandering alone. Upon further investigation, Patrol Officers identified the address of 150 Collins Street as where the little girl (Shafyalya Nicks age 4) resides. No one was located inside the apartment, but mail revealed that a Shi'day Nicks 22yo, also lives there. According to neighbors, Shi'day Nicks just moved into the apartment building and is not well known by neighbors.
The child was in good health and in the care of CT DCF. However, the Hartford Police Department is trying to locate any family of Shafyalya Nicks. At the same time we are also trying to locate Shi'day Nicks. Shi'day Nicks' previous addresses are Orange Street in Springfield, MA and 23RD St. in Meridian Mississippi.
Please see the listed road closures for the weekend:
The Fireball Run requires road closures in the City of Hartford two days this weekend. Saturday September 26th consists of a static vehicle display on Trinity Street. As a result, Elm Street will be closed from Pulaski Circle/West St. to Trinity Street and Trinity Street will be closed from Capitol Avenue to the Arch. Both are scheduled to close at 9:00am and reopen at 6:00pm.
For the start, Sunday September 27th, Main Street will be closed from Pearl Street to Capitol Avenue. Road closures will begin at 4:00am and are scheduled to reopen around 11:00am. The HPD Traffic Division will assist Fireball Teams travel from the rally area to Interstate 84 West.
On Monday, August 31, 2015, at approximately 11:57pm, the Hartford Police Department received several 911 reports of shots fired and a male victim shot at 52-K South Prospect Street. On arrival, a male victim was located suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. The victim was subsequently pronounced deceased on scene by the responding paramedics at 12:34am on Sept. 1, 2015. HPD Major Crimes Detectives and Crime Scene Detectives responded and assumed the investigation.
The victim is identified as William Prieto, DOB 1/25/1983 (32) of 52 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT.
The suspect was identified as Anthony Christiana, DOB 11/05/1987, of 38 Henry Street Hartford. On September 23, 2015, an arrest warrant has been drafted and approved by the States Attorney charging Anthony Christiana with Murder, Conspiracy to commit murder and numerous firearms charges. Christiana was picked up and arrested for Violation of Probation (unrelated charges) on Tuesday September 22,2015.
This morning at the Hartford Police Department, Anthony Christiana was arrested for the Murder of William Prieto, by HPD Major Crimes Detectives. He is being held on a $1,000,000 bond. There is a narcotics/money nexus to the motive. The investigation is on-going at this time.
Anthony Christiana, 27yo, of 38 Henry Street Hartford (Convicted Felon with 9 previous Hartford arrests)
2. Criminal possession of a firearm
3. Criminal use of a firearm
4. Conspiracy to commit Murder
On Sept 23, 2015, at 4:05pm, shortly after city schools dismissal, Members of the Hartford Police Department Central Conditions Unit observed a 2014 Toyota traveling southbound on Woodland Street. CCU Officers noticed the smoke filled vehicle had an blatant amount of smoke coming out of its windows. Officers also noticed the smoke smelled consistent with burnt marijuana. A motor vehicle stop was immediately executed in the vicinity of Woodland Street and Niles Street. During the course of the investigation the operator admitted to smoking marijuana while driving through city streets. Officers also discovered the operator had a firearm in his possession. As a result of the investigation, a Glock model 19 9mm pistol was recovered along with 2 high capacity magazines each containing 15 live rounds. The operator of the vehicle was charged accordingly and transported to HPD Booking Facility for processing. STF notified.
Arrested: Christopher Hernandez, 35, of Hartford, Connecticut
Charges: Illegal Tints, Weapons in M/V, Pistol without Permit, Possession High Capacity Mags (2 counts), Carrying Firearm under influence of drugs
Recovered: one (1) Glock Model 19 9mm pistol, with two (2) High Capacity Magazines and 30 live rounds
On Monday, September 21, 2015, Hartford/US Fugitive Task Force working with the Hartford Shooting Task Force developed credible information regarding a vehicle in which an occupant may be illegally in possession of a firearm. Hartford STF Officers observed a vehicle matching the description, traveling north on Garden Street in the area of Greenfield Street, traveling fast and disregarding multiple stop signs. STF and Fugitive Detectives stopped the vehicle on Barbour Street at Westland Street. Further investigation revealed the passenger, Accused/Daniel, had a stolen S&W 9mm firearm concealed in his waistband. Accused/Daniel was also in possession the listed narcotics. The operator of the vehicle Accused/Castro, was in possession of the listed narcotics Both accused parties were transported to Hartford Police Headquarters for booking and processing.
Arrest #1; Castro, Khadafi, 37, of Hartford, CT.
Charges; Stop Sign Violation x 2, Operating Under Suspension and Possession Narcotics.
Arrest #2; Daniel, Keenan, 19, of Benton Harbor, MI.
Charges; Weapon in M/V, Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit, Theft of a Firearm and Possession Narcotics.
Vehicle; 2013 Mazda 2, four door hatchback color gray, GA temporary plate
Daniel- Smith & Wesson Model 59, 9mm handgun, with one magazine containing (10) live 9mm rounds of ammunition.
Firearm listed in NCIC as stolen out of Bloomfield, CT.
Daniel- (1) plastic bag containing (20) small zip lock bags each containing a white rock like substance (suspected crack cocaine).
Castro- (7) wax paper sleeves each containing an off white powder substance (suspected heroin).
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, in response to numerous recent shots fired and firearm related calls on the street, the Hartford Shooting Task Force set up surveillance in the area of Pawtucket Street. At approximately 5:20pm, a group of men gathered in front of 3 Pawtucket Street and became involved in a heated dispute. Through investigation and surveillance, investigators believed the individuals were armed and that the dispute would become violent. As a result, members of the Hartford STF were directed in to detain the group. During pat downs for weapons, Detectives located a .40 caliber Glock, in Accused/Lugo's shorts pocket. Then they located a .38 caliber revolver in Accused/Rosario's rear pant pocket. During the investigation Accused/Hampton and Tellado interfered with the arrest and were charged accordingly.
Two Parolees were also taken into custody and immediately remanded by the on scene CT DOC/Parole investigator: Parolee Sterling was involved in the dispute and Parolee Velez was present with Accused Lugo, both were remanded by a Hartford STF assigned DOC/Parole Officer and transported directly to Hartford Correctional Center. The remaining arrested parties were transported to Hartford Police Headquarters for booking and processing procedures. Accused Rosario and Lugo were held on $750,000 bonds respectively.
Arrest #1; Rosario, Edwin, 24, of Hartford, CT.
Charges; Disorderly Conduct, Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Theft of a Firearm.
Firearm Seized; Smith & Wesson, Model 637, .38 caliber Revolver, with one live .38 caliber round of ammunition (gun was stolen out of East Hartford).
(Rosario, a convicted felon, was also a shooting victim earlier this year, he did not cooperate with that investigation).
Arrest #2; Lugo Jr, Jose, 25, of Hartford, CT.
Charges; Disorderly Conduct, Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Obliterated Serial Number.
Firearm; Glock, Model 27, .40 caliber handgun, with obliterated serial number, magazine containing (4) live .40 caliber rounds of ammunition.
Arrest #3; Hampton, John, 25, of Hartford, CT. Charge; Interfering w/ Police.
Arrest #4; Tellado, Rafael, 21, Hartford, CT. Charges; Disorderly Conduct and Interfering w/ Police.
Parole Remand to HCC by Parole Officer Bonfiglio;
Velez, Brian, 27, of West Hartford, CT. Sterling, Harold, 22, of Hartford, CT.