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2012 Homicde Arrest

On September 27, 2012 Hartford Police Officers responded to rear of 216 Washington Street on a report of and bleeding female. Officers found Sonia Rivera, 48yo lying on the ground with her pants down, bleeding severely, and suffering from fatal head trauma. A brick, believed to be the weapon was located on scene. Ms. Rivera was transported to Hartford Hospital where she was pronounced dead on September 29th. Her death was ruled a homicide, blunt force trauma to the head by the O.C.M.E.

Hartford Police Major Crimes Division- Homicide Detectives lead the investigation. The DNA evidence located at the scene was critical to the investigation. Detectives consulted with and utilized Dr. Lee and the Forensic Science Department, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, University of New Haven as well as the CT. State Forensic Lab.

Homicide Detectives develop a profile of the suspect, Denzil Nurse DOB 6/15/1971, who was wanted on unrelated burglary charges. In May of 2013 Nurse was arrested in connection the Burglaries. Prior to incarceration, Homicide Detectives interviewed Nurse. He was charged for the Burglary and given a $75,000 bond. Nurse is still serving time in the CT Department of Corrections (Osborne Corr. Institution).

Over the next several months detectives worked with the forensic labs. On May 2, 2014 Hartford Police Major Crimes Homicide Detectives, working closely with the Connecticut States Attorney’s Office, obtained an arrest warrant for Nurse, charging him with Murder in the Homicide of Ms. Rivera. He has a $2,000,000 bond. Nurse is a convicted felon with 29 previous Hartford Arrests. Nurse will be served with the Murder warrant on his next court appearance.

STF make arrest in 2013 Shooting

On May 11th, 2013 at approximately 1:00am, Patrol Units responded to shots fired in the area of 53 Seyms Street. Citizens in the area reported hearing two gunshots, but couldn't provide any additional information. In April of 2014, detectives for the HPD Shooting Task Force developed information regarding this shooting that had occurred on May of 2013. The shots fired occurred as a result of one male trying to fight several other individuals that were hanging out in the park located on East Street at Seyms Street.  An intended victim and shooter were identified. The investigation led to a warrant being applied for the suspected shooter- Steven Echevarria (a convicted felon with a violent history). The warrant was approved on April 30th, 2014. On May 1st, 2014 Echevarria was apprehended during the execution of a narcotics search warrant at 51 Seyms Street.

Arrest: Steven Echevarria, 23 of 51 Seyms Street, Hartford, CT.


1. Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit

2. Criminal Possession of a Firearm

3. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm

4. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree

Court set bond of $350,000

**During the arrest apprehension and narcotics search warrant execution, Echevarria was also charged with Destruction of Evidence and Interfering with police.

2013 Homicide Arrest

On December 20, 2013 at approximately 9:00pm, Hartford Police Patrol officers responded to the location of 109 Adelaide Street on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Officers located a victim, Angel Vasquez 23 of Hartford suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead, on scene, at 2117 hours by EMS personnel. The investigation produced on scene physical evidence which led to the identification of a person of interest via DNA profile. This DNA work was completed by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services Forensic Science Laboratory; they identified this individual as Daniel Morales 03/20/84 aka “Mafi” of East Hartford and Hartford. Hartford Police Homicide Detectives had already developed Morales as a suspect. The DNA hit confirmed the detectives working theory that Morales was involved in the incident. Morales, a convicted felon was out on Parole. As is common practice, the HPD homicide detectives then began working closely with CT Parole officers to locate Morales. Ultimately Morales was located and taken to the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division. On April 24, 2014, Morales was interviewed at the Hartford Police Department, and ultimately confessed to shooting and killing Vasquez. Morales was subsequently remanded to DOC custody by CT Parole Officers and is currently incarcerated. On April 29, 2014, an arrest warrant was approved for Daniel Morales, charging him with Murder, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Use of a Firearm and Tampering with Evidence with a judge set bond of one million dollars. The warrant will be served at Morales’s next court appearance. HPD homicide detectives continue to work through active and cold cases from 2013.
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