On June 9th, 2014, Hartford Police Patrol Officers and Shooting Task Force Units responded to 1048 Capitol Avenue for an assault with a firearm and a shot fired. On arrival officers located a crime scene consisting of blood in front of the Villa Brava Grocery. Closed circuit video showed a Hispanic male suspect confront another unidentified male apparently conducting a street level drug transaction. The Hispanic male suspect is observed removing a firearm from his waistband and pistol whips the unidentified male in the face. The Hispanic male suspect then fires one shot towards the victims feet and motions the victim to leave the area. During the course of the investigation Shooting Task Force investigators identified the Hispanic male suspect as Ruben Reyes. As Detectives were conducting the on-going investigation, information was received that on July 18th, 2014, Ruben Reyes went back to the Villa Brava Grocery, brandished a firearm, and threatened the store workers regarding the original incident. HPD Patrol Officers responded to the call, however Reyes had left the area and was not located. Investigators submitted two arrest warrants to GA14 which were granted July 23, 2014.On July 24th, 2014, at approximately 8pm, Reyes was apprehended in front of 75 James Street without incident.
Accused: Ruben Reyes, 28, Hartford, CT.
1. Assault with a Firearm 2nd Degree
2. Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit
3. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
4. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
5. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
6. Threatening 1st Degree
7. Breach of Peace 2nd Degree
Court set $250,000 bond.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103