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Arrest Made on April 24, 2015

On Friday, April 24th, 2015, Investigators assigned to the Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force developed information regarding a felon armed with a firearm. Further information was developed regarding a vehicle the suspect would be traveling in. At approximately 11:15pm Investigators observed the vehicle the suspect was believed to be in traveling west on Belden Street. Members of the STF and Special Ops conducted a motor vehicle stop at 59 Belden Street. As detectives approached the vehicle, they noticed the rear seat passenger attempting to conceal an item in the front of his pants. The passenger was asked to step out of the vehicle and during a pat down the listed firearm was located in the front waistband area. The firearm was retrieved and the suspect was handcuffed without incident.

Arrest: GILLIARD, Christopher, 27 (10/25/1987), of Hartford CT.

Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit
Weapon in Motor Vehicle
Criminal Possession of a Firearm

Firearm: Hi Point 9mm Model C w/ magazine containing four live 9mm rounds and one chambered live 9mm round.


Vandalism on Farmington Ave.

Overnight several businesses on Farmington Ave. were vandalized. HPD began to receive phone calls early this morning from business owners reporting that windows were smashed/damaged with a rock or brick. At this point HPD patrol Officers along with Detectives are investigating the string of vandalism. At this point nine businesses have been found with damages (An informal list is below). The suspect is a male, approximately 6 ft. 170, bald, dark complexion, white beard, wearing a dark hoodie, white undershirt, jeans and white sneakers. 

Click here to watch video of the suspect, anyone with information should call the Hartford Police Department at (860)757-4000. Information can also be submitted anonymously via the tip line (860) 722-8477 or by using the "Submit an anonymous Tip" link to the right of the website. 

1) 180 Farmington Ave.
Ahern Funeral home
East side window shattered

2) 351 Farmington Ave.
Mark Twain House
West side window
Double pane. Outside pane shattered inside pane not shattered

3) 25 Whitney Street
Moe's Midtown
East side window shattered

4) 86 Farmington Ave
Macdermid Reynolds and Glissman Law Office
Broken front window

5)108 Farmington Ave
Webster bank
West window shattered

6)449 Farmington Ave
MHQ Medical Center
North window cracked only

7) 170 Farmington Ave
Family dollar
Cracked window

8) 300 Farmington Ave.
Island Cuisine
Broken window

9) 256 Farmington Ave.
Unoccupied space
Door glass cracked.

Citizen Letter

Thank you Mr. Adams for your kind words and recognition.


From: Chip Adams
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:18 PM
To: Police Chief
Subject: Heroin off the street

Dear Chief,

Please extend my thanks to all involved who removed so much heroin off the streets!

We are losing way too many young people to this illness.

I never appreciated how insidious this drug was until my good friend lost her son. Someone who could have had any treatment possible, he still lost his battle.

Yesterday I was informed that another acquaintance lost his son. When will it stop?

Thanks again, keep up the good work and stay safe! 


Chip Adams


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