On November 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00pm, Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force Detectives were in the area Farmington Avenue when they covertly witnessed an apparent hand to hand drug transaction involving a motor vehicle. Through the ongoing investigation the suspect vehicle was stopped in the area of 135 Broad Street. As the Detectives approached the vehicle they observed the driver attempting to conceal an item below the driver's side seat and the center console. The driver was instructed to put his hands on the steering wheel but disobeyed the commands several times. The driver was removed from the vehicle and stated that he had a gun and Heroin in the vehicle. A loaded .22 caliber revolver (obliterated serial number) along with 50 bags of heroin were recovered from the vehicle. The suspect, Joel Deleon DOB 1/1/81, is a convicted felon and known member of the Los Solidos street gang. This is the 24th time Deleon has been arrested by the Hartford Police Department. DeLeon was arrested and booked at HPD without incident. Bond 50K
1. Failure to Stop for Traffic Signal
2. Operating w/o a License
3. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
4. Pistol w/o a Permit
5. Weapons in a Motor Vehicle
6. Obliterated Serial Number
7. Possession of Narcotics
8. PWITS Narcotics
On evening of November 13, 2014, Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Vice, Intell and Narcotics Division, assisted by members of the South Conditions Unit, were conducting a prostitution detail throughout the city. At approx. 10:36pm, in the area of Martin St. and Nelson St., the officers heard several (3) gun shots in close proximity. Several units converged upon the area and observed a suspect fleeing from the rear yards into a waiting vehicle. This vehicle failed to stop for the officers and fled south on Barbour St. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the vehicle and occupants were apprehended at the intersection of Woodland St and Farmington Ave. A firearm was discovered discarded from the suspect vehicle during the pursuit. The occupants of the vehicle were transported to MCD to be debriefed. A scene was located at 64 Martin Street consisting of several spent shell casing. Investigation revealed that was in possession of the firearm and discarded it during the vehicle pursuit. Willis was identified as the driver. Three of the occupants of the vehicle (Young, Willis, and Torres) were placed under arrest for various charges and transported to booking.
Arrested: Troy Young DOB 5-15-88 LKA 373 Farmington Ave, Htfd (Convicted Felon, 35 Previous Hartford Arrests)
1. Criminal possession of a firearm
2. Carrying a pistol without a permit
3. Weapons in a motor vehicle
4. Possession of a stolen firearm
5. Unlawful discharge of a firearm
6. Reckless endangerment in the first degree.
Arrested: Ruben Torres DOB 7-31-71 LKA 373 Capitol Avenue, Htfd
1. Interfering with Police
Arrested: Tayrence Willis, DOB 2-19-92 LKA of 821 Capitol Avenue, Htfd (Convicted Felon, 11 previous arrest)
1. Interfering with police
2. Reckless endangerment in the first degree
3. Reckless driving
4. Operating motor vehicle under suspension
Evidence: One silver Colt 45 caliber firearm with an empty magazine.
Evidence: Three spent .45 caliber shell casings.
Evidence: One spent .380 caliber shell casing.
On November 5, 2014 at 9:33pm, Hartford Police Officer Megan Cirigliano reported that she heard three gunshots in the immediate area of Shultas Pl. near Franklin Av. A Witness also heard gunshots and looked out a window, the witness observed the suspect holding a silver firearm. Officer Cirigliano and Officer Susannah Hildebidle located the suspect reaching inside a vehicle. The Officers secured the suspect. The Officers then recovered a Colt 45 single action revolver which was loaded and set in a cocked position. The firearm contained four spent shell casings, and one .45 caliber round. The firearm was seized and placed in the HPD property room; Shooting Task Force investigators debriefed the suspect- identified below. No scene, damage and/or victims were located or reported from area hospitals. The Accused was taken into custody for the below listed charges.
Accused: Rafeal Baez, 37, Hartford, CT.
1. Criminal Possession of Firearm, 53a-217c
2. Unlawful Discharge, 53-203
3. Reckless Endangerment 1st, 53a-63
4. Operating M/V without a license 14-36
5. Operating Unregistered M/V, 14-12
Evidence: Colt Single action Revolver, four spent shell casings, and one .45 caliber round.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103