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Arrest Made for June 11, 2014 Shooting

May 27, 2014 12:36pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were responded to 388 Garden Street, after a private duty police officer reported hearing gunshots in the area. Responding officers located a 22yo male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was shot once in the chest and transported by private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital. HPD Major Crimes Division Detectives assumed the investigation. Initially listed critical after surgery, the victim has since recovered.

On June 11, 2014 at approximately at 2:43am HPD received a ShotSpotter activation, at 26 Vine St., for a single shot in the street. At 2:44am Patrol Officers found the victim lying prone in street, in front of 44 Vine St, suffering from a single GSW to the chest. He was transport to St. Francis Hospital where was pronounced at 6:44am. HPD Major Crimes Division Detectives assumed this investigation as well.

Citizens provided verified information to detectives, and intelligence was developed which lead to Cleveland Brown, 09/24/93 (21), of Hartford, being identified as the shooter in the May 27th assault. Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Brown. On September 23, 2014 Brown was taken into custody by a by Patrol Officers. Brown was booked, arrested and charged with Assault if the 1st Degree and Carrying a Pistol without a permit. Brown was given a $500,000 bond. Brown has been incarcerated since his September 23rd arrest.

While Brown was incarcerated, investigators continued to develop leads into the June 11th murder to Taylor. On October 21, 2014, Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division Homicide Detectives applied for and obtained another arrest warrant for Cleveland Brown, this one for Murder 53a-54 charging him with the homicide of Tyron Taylor. (Charge: CGS 53a-54a – Murder). The arrest warrant will be served at Brown's next court appearance.

Excellent arrest by Community Service Officers

On October 20th, 2014, at 3:41pm, a Hartford Police Department North Community Service Officer observed a GMC Terrain operating at a high rate of speed south on Garden Street from Westland Street. The officer began to follow the vehicle as it turned west on Nelson Street. At that point the vehicle stopped and the front passenger, McKeithan, exited the vehicle with a laptop bag. McKeithan dropped the bag then quickly entered back into the vehicle. The officer exited his vehicle and retrieved the bag as the vehicle sped off west on Nelson Street towards Enfield Street. The officer quickly broadcasted the vehicle's description and direction of travel. Another North Community Service Officer, who was in the area, was able to stop the vehicle near Nelson Street at Enfield Street. Patrol officers responded quickly as back up and assisted as both parties were taken into custody without further incident. Within the laptop bag retrieved by the officer was the below listed Tec 9 firearm.

Arrest #1: Angel Gonzalez, 27, Hartford CT.
1. Seat Belt Violation
2. Operating w/ Suspended License
3. Possession Controlled Substance
4. PWITS Controlled Substance
5. Possession Assault Weapon
6. Possession High Capacity Magazine
7. Criminal Possession Firearm
8. Theft of Firearm
9. Weapons in M/V
10. Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit.

Arrest #2; Jerry McKeithan, 30, of Hartford CT.
1. Possession Assault Weapon
2. Possession High Capacity Magazine
3. Criminal Possession Firearm
4. Theft of Firearm
5. Weapons in M/V
6. Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit.

Suspect Vehicle; 2014 GMC Terrain color Gray, Kansas Registration 976GAU (rental).

Seized Firearm; Intratec Model AB-10 (TEC-9) 9mm semi-automatic Assault Weapon w/ 30 round
magazine containing 18 live rounds, Firearm listed in NCIC as stolen out of, Hartford CT, on 5/21/2003
36 rounds of loose 9mm ammunition.
Less than 4 ounces of Marijuana.
$481.00 in U.S. Currency

Firearms Arrest/Recovery October 16, 2014

On October 16, 2014 at 6:30pm members of the Hartford Police Department South Conditions Unit (SCU) responded to the area of 25 Lincoln Street in response to a citizen complaint of shots fired. SCU Investigators were able to locate a witness whom provided a suspect description and direction of travel. The listed arrested party, whom fit the provided suspect description, was then located and detained in the rear of 10 Lincoln Street by SCU investigators and members of the Shooting Task Force (STF) arrived on scene to assist in the investigation. A subsequent on scene investigation led to the recovery of the listed stolen firearm, and the positive identification of the arrested party. An extensive area canvass was conducted in search of evidence, and/or possible victims, yielding negative results. The arrested party, during a post Miranda interview, provided a sworn written confession in regards to the incident.

Arrested: Verhjanish Castaneda-Morales, 21 of Hartford, CT

1. Carrying a Pistol w/out a Permit
2. Possession Stolen Firearm
3. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
4. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
5. Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree

Recovered Stolen Firearm: (1) Ruger 9mm semi-auto, Model LC, Handgun (s/n 32013002), and (2) magazines containing (8) live 9mm rounds (picture below)

Ruger 10162014

Kevin Bell Memorial Fund

October 15, 2014

The Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Fire Fighter Association, IAFF 760, would like to thank everyone that has supported us through these difficult times.  We are still working to ensure that the Bell and Martinez families receive the support that they are deserving of.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

The Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Fire Fighter Association, IAFF 760, are selling Kevin L. Bell Memorial Tee Shirts to raise funds for the Bell family.  The Tee Shirts are available for purchase thru the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit at the Hartford Public Safety Complex, 253 High Street, Hartford, CT between the hours of 8am to 4pm.  The shirts are also available at the Offices of the Hartford Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 760 at 1 Linden Place, Unit 104, Hartford, CT between the hours of 9am and 2 pm.  All proceeds from these sales will go to the Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund.  The shirts are $20 and are available in Blue and Grey.  They will remain on sale until they are sold out.  For additional information contact the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit at 860-757-4520 or the Hartford Fire Fighters Association at 860-296-3523.

The Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund has been established through the Hartford Fire Fighters Survivors' Fund to benefit the family of Brother Bell.  Donations may be sent to the following:

Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund
C/O Hartford Fire Fighters Survivors' Fund
Farmington Bank
669 Hebron Ave
Glastonbury, CT 06033

We continue to work to show our support of Firefighter Jason Martinez and his Family as he works toward recovering from his injuries in the Bridgeport Burn Center.  They are and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.  Well wishes can be sent to Jason and his family via http://www.bridgeporthospital.org , then click on the CheerGram icon in the middle of the page and follow the directions to send you message. 

Please keep the Bell and Martinez families in your thought and prayers as we continue to support both families. 

Below is a picture of the Kevin L. Bell Memorial Tee Shirts. 

Memorial T-Shirt


Fallen Hero

Our first responders, our men and women of the Hartford Fire Department, put themselves at risk each and every day to protect the residents of the city. It takes an enormous amount of courage to do this. For that alone, they are heroes.

-Mayor Pedro E. Segarra

Bell Kevin

HPD Officer Lends a Helping Hand

Good Afternoon Chief Rovella,

In a day and age when people are quick to see the police at their worst, I thought you might want to see one of your officers at their best.

I am not sure who the officer was but I was walking down Broad Street at about 9:45 this morning and snapped this photo. When I see stories on line of Police officers buying boots for homeless people or car seats I often wonder if it is not staged for PR but it is hard to argue with watching an on duty officer changing a tire for someone. This officer clearly went above and beyond and thought you would like to know.

Steven Hotchkiss



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Officer Recognition

From: Lemke, Eric
Sent: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 9:14 PM
To: Rovella, James
Subject: Officer Maritza Brannick

Dear Chief Rovella,

I am writing you to acknowledge, what I feel, is Officer Maritza Brannick's recent exemplary service during the search for a suicidal subject.

On August 8, 2014, myself and Officer Brannick were dispatched to look for a suicidal male that was last seen looking "for a tall bridge", presumably to jump from. I located the subject on the Westbound I-84 entrance ramp from West Blvd, and observed that the male subject was standing next to the jersey wall on the west side of the overpass, approximately fifty feet over the parking lot of an office building on Capitol Avenue. After I blocked the ramp, I exited my cruiser and attempted to speak with the subject, who was crying and extremely distraught. The more I talked to the subject while attempting to move closer, the subject actually began to climb onto the jersey wall, stating that he wanted to be left alone and die. I immediately backed up and took a point of observation from the side of my cruiser, and the subject climbed off of the jersey wall, while maintaining a dialogue.

Upon the arrival of Officer Brannick, the subject immediately calmed, and began a dialogue with her which lasted approximately ten minutes. During Officer Brannick's conversation with the subject, he kept repeating that he wished to kill himself because nobody was helping him, and he felt that this was his only option. Officer Brannick was eventually able to gain the subjects confidence enough to approach him and walk him back to the safety of our cruisers, but not before the subject trusted Officer Brannick enough to give her his cell phone to talk with his wife.

In my 19 years in law enforcement, the times we see that actually have an immediate positive impact of a subjects life, are getting far and few between, and police are more often criticized for their actions. What I witnessed Officer Brannick do to save this persons life, made me proud to be a Hartford Police Officer. I only wish the general public could see just how dangerous this situation was for Officer Brannick, as seen in the recent past, the subject could have pulled her off of the bridge with him if he had made the decision to jump.

Officer Brannick performed her duties with selfless professionalism, and was able to assist the subject to get the mental health assistance he so desperately needed. I have worked with Officer Brannick on many tours of duty since this incident, and it never ceases to impress me how compassionate and professional she is, even during the most stressful of calls.

Thank You,

Officer Eric R. Lemke

Officer Eric Lemke
Patrol Division
Hartford Police Department
253 High Street
Hartford, CT 06103

September 26, 2014 Arrest

On September 26, 2014 at 8:54pm Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and South Conditions Officers responded to the area of Wyllys Street in response to a 911 citizen complaint of shots fired. The citizen caller provided a detailed description of the suspect and stated he was seated in a vehicle near 137 Wyllys St. Responding Patrol Officers observed a suspect fitting the description at that location. When the suspect noticed the approaching officers, he fled on foot. The suspect was unable to out run the officers and was apprehended by South Conditions Officers in the area of 15 Patsy Williams Way. Members of the Shooting Task Force responded to assist with the follow up investigation. A subsequent on scene investigation led to the recovery of the Charter Arms Corp .38 SPL Revolver containing five spent shell casings and 28 bags of heroin. An extensive canvass of the area was conducted yielding no victims, and/or further evidence.

Arrested: Gabriel Ramos, 24 of Hartford, CT (Convicted Felon)
1. Possession Narcotics
2. PWITS Narcotics
3. PWITS Narcotics School Zone
4. Interfering with Police
5. Carrying Pistol w/out a Permit
6. Weapons in a M.V.
7. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
8. Reckless Endangerment
9. Criminal Possession of a Firearm

14-31792 09292014

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