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May 19, 2015 Homicide

Hartford Police patrol units responded to 124 Irving St. on the report of shots fired and a person shot. (Shotspotter activation reported 17 rounds fired near 121 Irving Street, incident #60333.) On arrival, Patrol Officers located a male victim in the driver's seat of a 2 door white sedan suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to Saint Francis Emergency by AMR ambulance. At 4:16am the victim was pronounced deceased. HPD Major Crimes Division detectives are investigating this homicide. The victim has been identified as Mariano Gonzalez III, DOB 6/13/1997, of 105 Fairmont Street Hartford, CT.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Reggie Early at (860) 757-4248, or tips can be left anonymously at our HPD website.

DUI Checkpoint May 21, 2015

From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Wednesday, May 20, 2015


(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 580 Albany 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.

Carjacking May 19, 2015

On May 19, 2015, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers wwere dispatched to 89 Martin Street on a reported carjacking at gunpoint. The victim told HPD Patrol Officers that he was at 123-125 Martin Street picking up a friend (Accused/Female/Brown) for work. While in the driveway, the victim was approached by his friend's brother (Accused/Male/Perry), who asked the victim to step out of the car to talk. Once out of the vehicle, Perry produced a black firearm, pointed it at the victim's chest while pulling the trigger several times. The firearm did not fire at which point Perry cycled the slide to the rear to chamber a second round at which point he again pulled the trigger. The victim fled on foot fearing he would be killed. At this point Brown jumped into the driver's seat of the victim's vehicle (a red Nissan Versa). Perry ran after the victim for a short distance while still attempting to shoot him. Brown picked up Perry in the victim's carjacked vehicle and fled the area.

HPD patrol officers broadcast a general description of the carjacked vehicle along with a description of the suspects.

Area units immediately began to conduct a canvass. At 9:22am, HPD Traffic Division officers observed the carjacked vehicle traveling south on Main Street approaching Mather Street. Officers began to follow the carjacked vehicle while broadcasting its location. As the vehicle turned west on Mather Street then south on East Street and into the parking lot of Seyms Street. An Officer attempted to block the suspect's vehicle in the parking lot at which point the operator, Perry (alone in the vehicle), sped out of the lot east on Seyms Street then South on Main Street. The Officer followed the vehicle with his emergency lights and siren activated while broadcasting his direction and location. Perry traveled south on Main Street, west on Albany Avenue, south on Chestnut Street, west on Walnut Street and struck a curb while turning north on Edwards Street, disabling the stolen vehicle.

Perry bailed out of the vehicle and fled west through the Global Communications Academy (former Quirk Middle School) parking lot with officers in foot pursuit behind the accused. As Perry ran he removed a black firearm from his waistband and had it in his hand as he tripped and fell, dropping the firearm. Traffic, Patrol and STF officers apprehended Perry in the south west corner of the school parking lot. Officers secured the firearm and placed Perry under arrest. Hartford School security was immediately notified of the developing incident. Note: The Hartford Police Shooting Task Force and the Hartford Police Academy share this same campus as the school.

The victim positively identified Brian Perry, 23, of Meriden as the suspect who attempted to shoot him and carjack his vehicle. Further investigation revealed the female involved as Paula Brown, 25, of Hartford. She was apprehended a short time later on Huyshope Avenue by members of the HPD/U.S Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. During a canvass of the initial scene at 123-125 Martin Street, a live .22 caliber round of ammunition was recovered.

The victim had a dog "King" which was in the vehicle at the time of the carjacking. The dog ran out of the vehicle at the time the accused fled on foot. The dog was later located under a vehicle in the rear lot of the Hartford Police Department (1 block from Quirk Middle) by HPD Traffic Division Officers and returned to the owner.

Arrest #1; Perry, Brian, 23 of Meriden CT. (Convicted Felon, 11 previous Hartford arrests) $800,000 Bond
1. Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit
2. Criminal Possession Firearm
3. Criminal Attempt Murder
4. Carjacking
5. Robbery 1st
6. Larceny 2nd
7. Weapon in M/V
8. Engaging Pursuit
9. Reckless Driving
10. Criminal Trover 2nd
11. Larceny 6th
12. Interfering w/ Police and related Conspiracy charges.

Arrest #2; Brown, Paula, 25 of Hartford CT. (7 previous Hartford Arrests) $250,000
1. Carjacking
2. Robbery 1st Degree
3. Larceny 2nd Degree
4. Larceny 6th Degree
5. Criminal Trover 2nd Degree and related Conspiracy Charges

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