Tuesday, August 25, 2015, was the first day of school for most students in the City of Hartford. Deputy Chief Robert Ford, along with prominent members of the community welcomed students back with a corridor of high fives and cheers of encouragement at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School on Ridgefield Street.
To read more about this event visit the Hartford Courant.
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WNPR's Chion Wolf
On March 23, 2015, at 5:52pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 19 Benton Street on a report of a victim who had been shot. Officers located the victim, later identified as Julius Rivera, DOB 03/04/1995, lying on the floor within the apartment. Rivera sustained multiple gunshot wounds and succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Information was provided that Rivera was allegedly a member of the "420" gang associated with 19 Benton Street.
Major Crimes Division Homicide Detectives assumed the investigation. A suspect, Raymond Vega, DOB 06/04/1995, of 11 Benton Street also known as "Cito" was developed early on in the investigation. Vega is allegedly affiliated with the Latin King gang.
Witnesses were located and ultimately identified Vega as the shooter. An arrest warrant was approved for Vega for violation of CGS 53a-54a, Murder. Vega is currently incarcerated at Garner Correctional Facility for an unrelated incident. On August 25, 2015, at a habeas, the warrant was served and he is charged with Murder, held on a $1,000,000 Bond.
On August 22, 2015, at 2:07 pm, Hartford Police Department responded to 170 Westland Street on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, HPD Officers spoke with a male victim. The victim stated to HPD Officers, that while he was in the rear lot of his residence, he was approached by a male who immediately became confrontational with the victim over a prior incident. During the confrontation, the male suspect reached behind his back making the victim believe he was reaching for a gun. The victim grabbed the male suspect in an attempt to restrain him and a physical altercation ensued. In the scuffle, the suspect dropped a small firearm. The two males separated and the suspect recovered the firearm. As the suspect was leaving, he turned and fired one gunshot in the victim's direction. The suspect left the scene in a silver Nissan Maxima, north on Barbour Street. Although projectile damage was sustained to a vehicle no one was struck by the gunfire and the victim sustained only an abrasion on his knee. The Hartford Shooting Task Force was notified and responded to the scene, where the incident was further investigated.
The Hartford Shooting Task Force and HPD Officers were able to locate and interview several witnesses. HPD Officers and Detectives developed a description for the suspect and a street name of "Dread." The male suspect was identified as Jervel Johnson, 24, of East Hartford, CT. With the identification of the suspect and sufficient probable cause developed, Hartford Shooting Task Force Detectives and officers from the East Hartford Police Department responded to the residence of Jervel Johnson, where Johnson was taken into custody and transported to the Hartford Police Booking facility for processing.
Arrested: Jervel Johnson, 24, of East Hartford, CT
1. Breach of Peace 2nd Degree
2. Carrying a Pistol without a Permit
3. Criminal Attempt Assault 1st Degree
4. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
5. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
6. Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103