On July 21, 2015, at 8:28am, after a 911 call, a Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Officer was traveling north on Franklin Avenue when he was flagged down by an employee of Barranquitas Bakery. Further investigation determined that the accused entered the bakery and attempted to steal a large tip jar filled with cash from the counter. Employees of the bakery confronted the accused and a physical altercation ensued. Based on witness statements, the accused made a motion as if he was removing a weapon from his waistband. One of the employees, who is licensed to carry a firearm, feared that the accused had a weapon, removed his firearm and discharged one round striking the accused in the leg. Witness statements were taken at HPD by the Major Crimes Division. The accused was transported to Hartford Hospital where he was treated and released. Upon release from the hospital, the accused was taken to HPD and charged. The investigation is ongoing.
Accused: Marcus Torres, 36 of Hartford (GSW to leg) 27 Previous Hartford Arrests, Convicted Felon
1. Criminal Attempt Robbery 1st
2. Assault 3rd
$100,000 Bond Court Tomorrow
On July 19, 2015, at approximately 1:46am the Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and the Shooting Task Force responded to Club Vibz 3155 Main Street on the report of shots fired and a person shot. Upon arrival, a female victim was located in the parking lot suffering from a single Non-Life Threatening Gun Shot Wound to her right breast. She was identified as Niyah Young, 21, of Hartford. A short time later a second victim arrived at Saint Francis Hospital via private vehicle. He was identified as Jason Dakers, 33, of Hartford. Dakers was suffering from multiple gun shot wounds to his torso and and multiple GSWs to his limbs. Dakers was taken into emergency surgery where he remained. His condition was last listed as critical but stable. Preliminary reports revealed that an altercation started inside Club Vibz and poured out into the crowded parking lot where an unidentified suspect pulled out a handgun and started shooting at Dakers and accidentally hit Ms. Young. Detectives from the Major Crimes, STF and Crime Scene Division are currently investigating the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000. Anonymous tips can be given on our website to the right of the page.
On Saturday, July 18, 2015, at approximately 7:51pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were in the immediate area of 2006 Main Street when they heard gunshots from inside that location. Upon tactical approach to the building, they encountered a victim who stated that he had been shot. The victim, identified as Tequan Vail, 25, of Windsor CT, remained outside as the officers entered the building looking for the active shooter. The victim was transported via private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital. Despite police efforts the suspect was not located. Detectives from the HPD Major Crimes Division responded to the scene to assist. The victim sustained multiple gunshots wounds and was listed as being in stable condition and St. Francis medical staff indicated that his injuries were none-life threatening at that time. The Shooting Task Force is continuing the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000. Anonymous tips can be given on our website at the right of the screen.
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