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DUI Checkpoint December 19, 2014

From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Thursday, December 18, 2014


(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Friday, December 19, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 217 Wethersfield 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.

Homicide Arrest December 14, 2014

On Sunday, December 13, 2014, at 10:09am officers were dispatched to 165 Benton Street 2nd floor, for the report of a stabbing. Officer's located the victim suffering from a large stab wound to the chest. Victim was transported to Hartford Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

On December 14, 2014, Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Detectives received information identifying the suspect involved in the fatal stabbing incident that occurred on 12/13/14 at 1009 hours, at 165 Benton Street. The suspect- Leshawn Davis, who voluntarily came to the Public Safety Complex, requested to speak to investigators. Davis was interviewed by Major Crimes Homicide Detectives. Based on the facts and evidence from the investigation, Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant. Davis was subsequently placed under arrest, without incident, and charged with Murder, C.G.S. 53a-54a. He was held on a $500,000 bond.

Arrested: Leshawn-Anthony Davis (DOB 04/27/87), 2 Burton Street, Hartford, CT (14 previous arrests in HTFD)
Charges: C.G.S. 53a-54a, Murder

Victim: Jonathan Lamont Cox, DOB 07/04/80, 165 Benton Street, 2nd floor, Hartford, CT

Officer Involved Accident

On December 11, 2014 at 8:45pm Hartford Public Safety dispatch broadcasted the "10-0" (Officer in Trouble/Emergency) tones, with the information that an off duty officer was being assaulted at Broad Street and Mountford Street. Dispatch was able to gather a suspect vehicle description that was fleeing the scene. During this broadcast dispatch lost communication with the off duty officer. Hartford Police Department Patrol officers converged on the area. Patrol Units observed the suspect vehicle fleeing south bound on Broad Street. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it failed to yield. A short time later the suspect vehicle collided with two separate parked vehicles on Franklin Avenue and became disabled. A HPD Patrol Supervisor observed and chased the operator attempting to flee on foot. With additional responding officers and after a struggle the suspect was secured in handcuffs. Several bags of (suspected) crack cocaine packaged for sale were found in the suspect vehicle.

The off duty officer was located. It was determined that the officer was the victim of motor vehicle accident with the suspect. The off duty officer identified himself as a Hartford Police Officer as the enraged suspect approached. The officer asked him to calm down. The suspect then attempted to punch the off duty officer several times. The off duty officer was able to avoid being struck and was able to call 911 for assistance. For some reason after contacting Hartford Dispatch he lost contact. The off duty officer positively identified the operator as the accused who attempted to assault him, and stuck his personal vehicle. The accused was placed under arrest and was transported to Hartford Hospital for medical treatment, then to Hartford Police Booking.

Arrested: Joshua Suarez 28, 22 Hartford CT (Convicted Felon with 51 previous arrests)
1. Fail to maintain lane
2. Evading responsibility
3. Breach of peace 2nd
4. Criminal attempt to assault a police officer
5. Reckless driving
6. Engaging police in a pursuit
7. Possession of narcotics
8. Possession with intent to sell
9. Possession within 1500 feet of a school
10. Unregistered motor vehicle
11. Misuse of number plate
12. Insufficient insurance.

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