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Homicide Information Needed

On September 28, 2014 at 1:12am, Hartford Police Department Patrol units responded to the above location on a report of shots fired and a victim injured. Upon arrival, they located the victim, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the torso and neck area. EMS transported the victim to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:49am. A crime scene was established processed by Crime Scene Detectives. HPD Homicide Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are assuming the investigation. This is the 11th Hartford homicide of 2014.

Victim: - Anthony Wortham 09/05/77, LKA 80 Flatbush Ave. HTFD.

Anyone with information is asked to call HPD/MCD Homicide Sergeant Brandon O'Brien (860) 757-4089; or web tips can be submitted to the right of the webpage. (click "Submit and anonymous Tip")

Domestic Violence Suspect Wanted

The Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division Domestic Violence Detectives are actively searching for Rashad Wilson age 35 of Hartford, who is wanted for a domestic assault that occurred on 09/24/14 in Hartford, CT. Wilson has an active felony warrant for Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Pistol, Reckless Endangerment, Risk of Injury, and Larceny 3rd. This warrant carries a judge set $1,000,000 bond. He is believed to be hiding out with family. Note that Wilson wears glasses and a beard or goatee. Please do not approach Wilson as he is potentially a danger. Mugshot below:

WilsonRashad
Height: 6'01"  Weight: 190  Eyes: Brown Complexion: Medium

Scars & Tattoos: Scar on top of forehead; tattoo: "1 life to live" inside forearms

Vehicle: 2001 Nissan Maxima 4DR   Vehicle Reg#: 520ZZA  Vehicle Color: Dark blue


If you have information on Wilson, please call Sergeant Andrew Weaver at (860) 757-4214. Or information can be submitted using the annonymous tip link to the right of the page.

Sex Assault Arrest

On September 19, 2014 Hartford Police Department Detectives from the Special Investigations Division (S.I.D.) received information that Jimmy Benitez, 34 of Hartford, was in the area of 217 Franklin Avenue. Benitez had two active arrest warrants at the time. One for a Failure to appear on a previous firearms charge and the 2nd warrant was for several current Felony Sexual Assault Charges. Detectives conducted surveillance and Benitez was observed returning to a parked vehicle in front of 217 Franklin Ave. While the vehicle was still parked, S.I.D. Detectives and assisting officers approached the vehicle. Detectives located Benitez hiding in the third row seat of the parked vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident.
Benitez is being held on a $500,000.00 cash only bond.

New Charges:
1. Sexual Assault of Minor 1st Degree (3 Counts)
2. Sexual Assault of Minor 4th Degree
3. Risk of Injury to Minor (3 Counts)

Previous FTA Charges:
1. Failure to Appear 1st
2. Interfering with Police
3. Criminal Possession of Firearm
4. Weapon in Motor Vehicle

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