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1 New Britain Avenue/Stolen Firearm Arrest

On July 21, 2015, at 11:30 am, CT Probation Officers working with the Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force located two firearms at 1 New Britain Avenue, the residence of Gilberto Mendez, while conducting a home compliance check. Due the the efforts of CT Probation Officers, Shooting Task Force Detectives responded to the location and were able to determine through the Hartford Police NCIC check, that one of the two firearms located was stolen. Further investigation uncovered 29 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, 12 WIN .38 caliber Super Auto +P rounds of ammunition, a Point Blank bullet proof vest and illegal prescription drugs. Mendez was placed under arrest and transported to the Hartford Police Booking facility to be processed and was held on a $250,000 bond.

Recovered: 29 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition
12 WIN .38 caliber Super Auto +P rounds of ammunition
Point Blank bullet proof vest
Illegal prescription drugs
Firearm#1: Taurus PT 24/7 G2 .40 caliber handgun, color black (stolen out of Meriden, CT)
Firearm #2: Iver Johnson Arms .32 caliber handgun, color silver
Arrested: Gilberto Mendez, 19 of Hartford, CT

1. Theft of a firearm
2. Possession of High Capacity Magazine
3. Illegal possession of Prescription Drugs

Attempted Robbery/Suspect Shot

On July 21, 2015, at 8:28am, after a 911 call, a Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Officer was traveling north on Franklin Avenue when he was flagged down by an employee of Barranquitas Bakery. Further investigation determined that the accused entered the bakery and attempted to steal a large tip jar filled with cash from the counter. Employees of the bakery confronted the accused and a physical altercation ensued. Based on witness statements, the accused made a motion as if he was removing a weapon from his waistband. One of the employees, who is licensed to carry a firearm, feared that the accused had a weapon, removed his firearm and discharged one round striking the accused in the leg. Witness statements were taken at HPD by the Major Crimes Division. The accused was transported to Hartford Hospital where he was treated and released. Upon release from the hospital, the accused was taken to HPD and charged. The investigation is ongoing.

Accused: Marcus Torres, 36 of Hartford (GSW to leg) 27 Previous Hartford Arrests, Convicted Felon
1. Criminal Attempt Robbery 1st
2. Assault 3rd
$100,000 Bond Court Tomorrow

Shooting, July 19, 2015

On July 19, 2015, at approximately 1:46am the Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and the Shooting Task Force responded to Club Vibz 3155 Main Street on the report of shots fired and a person shot. Upon arrival, a female victim was located in the parking lot suffering from a single Non-Life Threatening Gun Shot Wound to her right breast. She was identified as Niyah Young, 21, of Hartford. A short time later a second victim arrived at Saint Francis Hospital via private vehicle. He was identified as Jason Dakers, 33, of Hartford. Dakers was suffering from multiple gun shot wounds to his torso and and multiple GSWs to his limbs. Dakers was taken into emergency surgery where he remained. His condition was last listed as critical but stable. Preliminary reports revealed that an altercation started inside Club Vibz and poured out into the crowded parking lot where an unidentified suspect pulled out a handgun and started shooting at Dakers and accidentally hit Ms. Young. Detectives from the Major Crimes, STF and Crime Scene Division are currently investigating the incident.

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