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Narcotics Arrest/ Large Money Seizure

On August 12, 2015, Detectives from STF were conducting surveillance at 1164 Broad Street to corroborate information received from a confidential source. The detectives observed activity consistent with street level drug dealing and stopped a vehicle that had left the house. The occupant of the vehicle, identified as Rafael Soto (DOB 3/5/72) was in possession of over $15,000 (Suspected Drug Proceeds) and was unable to account for the origin of the monies. Surveillance continued and a party later identified as Elias Guzman (DOB 5/23/91) was observed going in and out of the residence. Guzman is known to the detectives and has an active protective order prohibiting him from being at the residence. Assisting Task Force Officers, and Agents from the Department of Homeland Security (HSI) approached the residence and a male party, identified as Freddy Ocasio, fled into the house and began to flush suspected Narcotics down the toilet.

Ocasio was detained inside the bathroom and Guzman, who also attempted to flee, was detained in the kitchen. Guzman was found in possession of approximately one ounce of crack cocaine and $760.00 (Suspected Drug Proceeds) in US Currency. A search of Ocasio's property yielded 50 bags of Heroin. A search of the first floor apartment yielded an additional $7168.00 (Suspected Drug Proceeds). Another party detained in the driveway, identified as Ronald Johnson (DOB 8/22/76), was found to have two active arrest warrants for Failure to Appear.
The following parties were arrested for the listed charges:

1) Elias Guzman, DOB 5/23/91, 18 Melrose Street, East Hartford CT.
Charges: Violation of Protective Order, Interfering with Police, Possession Narcotics, PWITS Narcotics.

2) Rafael Soto aka "Fleet", DOB 3/5/72, 123 Wooster Street Apt#3, Hartford CT.
Charges: Failure to Utilize Turn Signal, Conspiracy Possession Narcotics, Conspiracy PWITS Narcotics.

3) Freddy Ocasio, DOB 8/16/93, 39 Crown Street, Hartford CT
Charges: Interfering with Police, Possession Narcotics.

4) Ronald Johnson, DOB 8/22/76, 29 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT.
Charges: Failure to Appear (2 Counts)

1) Approximately One Ounce of Crack Cocaine
2) 50 Bags of Packaged Heroin
3) $23,758 Dollars (Suspected Drug Proceeds)



DUI Checkpoint August 13, 2015

From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Wednesday, August 12, 2015


(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, August 13, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 175 New Britain Avenue.

This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department's ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD's Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.

For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.

The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by "putting your junk in your trunk." Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.

Arrest Made in July 18, 2015 Homicide

On July 18, 2015, at 2:03am, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 13 Elliott Street on several 911 reports of multiple gunshots fired in the area. On arrival, two male victims were located inside 13 Elliott Street suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to Hartford Hospital via ambulance. One of the victims was pronounced deceased at 2:33am as a result of his injuries. The second victim was grazed in the head by gunfire and his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. HPD Major Crimes Division detectives immediately responded and were assigned the investigation. During the course of their investigation a suspect was developed and positively identified as Raphael Concepcion (DOB 11/11/1980) and the homicide was determined to be narcotics related. As a result, an arrest warrant was drafted and submitted to the Hartford GA14 States Attorney's Office.

On August 10, 2015, the arrest warrant for Raphael Concepcion was signed and approved by a Superior Court Judge charging Concepcion with violating C.G.S. 53a-54a Murder, 53a-49/ 53a-54a Criminal Attempt Murder, and 53a-59 Assault First Degree. 

A short time after the arrest warrant was approved Concepcion was located and placed under arrest without incident by detectives from the Hartford Police Shooting Task Force, the HPD/U.S. Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force at 99 Bond Street in Hartford. Concepcion was transported to the Hartford Police Booking Facility where his warrant was served. Concepcion is a convicted felon with 17 previous arrests. Concepcion is expected to be arraigned on 8/11/2015 at 9:00 a.m. in Hartford Superior Court.

Arrested Suspect: Raphael Concepcion DOB 11/11/1980, LKA 23 Benton Street Hartford,CT.
Charges: Murder 53a-54a, Criminal Attempt Murder 53a-49/53a-54a, and Assault First Degree 53a-59.
Judge Set Bond of 3 million dollars cash or surety.

Deceased Victim: Jonathan Whaley DOB 2/20/1981,
13 Elliott Street Hartford, CT.

Gunshot Victim: Bruce Banks, 22 of Hartford, CT

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