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Citizen Tip Leads to Arson Arrest

On January 7, 2015 members of the Hartford Police Department South Conditions Unit and South End Community Service Officers responded to the area of 48/50 Bond Street in response to a citizen tip of an active arson in progress. The citizen caller reported observing an individual lighting a 1998 Chevrolet G10 van, color white, on fire while it was parked in the driveway of the residence. The tipster reported the suspect was then standing across the street from the address and appeared to be watching the fire catch. As police units arrived on scene, the caller reported that the suspect had fled into the rear of 49 Bond Street. The citizen caller provided a solid description of the suspect. Officers entered the rear parking lot 49 Bond St. and observed a party fitting the suspect description. The suspect, upon observing the officers approach, assaulted a Community Service Officer and fled on foot. South Conditions Unit Officers pursued the accused on foot, out running the suspect, resulting in his subsequent apprehension. The accused was identified as Hector Lleras, 22 of Hartford. Lleras was found to be in the possession of a pair of partially burnt gloves, and a lighter.

The Hartford Fire Department responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the vehicle fire. It was determined that the accused had soaked a cloth in gasoline, inserted the item into the outer fuel filler neck of the vehicle, then lit the cloth on fire. The fire was extinguished just prior to the flame reaching the inner gas tank of the vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the private driveway of the location and in close proximity, inches from the house (an occupied residence). It was later determined that the accused had no prior relationship to the vehicle owner and/or occupants of the residence.

The Major Crimes Division Arson Detectives will thoroughly follow up on this investigation.

Arrested: Hector Lleras, 22 of Hartford
Charges: Arson 2nd Degree, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Assault on Police, Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree, and Interfering with Police.

Arrest: Two Guns and Narcotics Seized

On Sunday, December 28th, 2014, at 7:15pm, Hartford Police Department Detectives from the Shooting Task Force were patrolling Orange Street in the Parkville neighborhood as a part of an ongoing investigation. During the investigation, Detectives pulled into the rear parking lot of 1532 Park Street at which point they observed the three suspects in a Nissan Maxima. As the Detectives drove towards the Maxima, the front passenger (Gamble) immediately bailed out of the vehicle clutching his waistband running west on Park Street. STF Detectives pursued Gamble and observed him throw the a Smith & Wesson M&P .45 caliber Semi-Auto handgun in the area of Park Street at Hazel Street. Gamble was outrun and apprehended. The gun was recovered by detectives. Other STF Detectives were able to detain the operator (Smith) and rear passenger (Harmon) without incident. During a weapon pat down of Harmon, the listed Raven Arms .25 caliber pistol was located in an covert 'inside the pants' holster near his genitals.

Accused Gamble was in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Accused Harmon and Smith were in
possession of plastic bags containing Crack Cocaine.

Accused #1; James Gamble, 18 , of Hartford, CT.
1. Interfering w/ Police
2. Weapon in M/V
3. Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit
4. Possession Marijuana

Accused #2; Brandon Harmon, 20, Hartford, CT. (Has previous arrest history)
1. Weapon in M/V
2. Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit
3. Possession Narcotics
4. PWITS Narcotics
5. PWITS 1500 feet School
Accused #3; Eric Smith, 27, Hartford, CT. (Convicted Felon, 7 Previous Arrests)
1. Weapons in M/V
2. Possession Narcotics
3. PWITS Narcotics
4. PWITS 1500 feet School

Firearms Seized;
#1: M&P model 45, .45 caliber handgun, s/n DYD9767, with chambered round and magazine containing six
live .45 caliber rounds. Listed in NCIC as "lost" out of Bristol, CT.
#2: Raven Arms model MP-25, .25 caliber pistol, s/n 1372560, with chambered round and magazine
containing five additional live .25 caliber rounds.
Vehicle: 2001 Nissan Maxima color white, CT registration 6AJNT0.

HPD DUI Check Point

Please be advised, The Hartford Police Deptartment will conduct a D.U.I. (Driving Under the Influence/Intoxicated) checkpoint on December 30, 2014 between the hours 5:00 pm and 1:00 am in the City's Northend, near Barbour St and Judson St.

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