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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Wethersfield Ave. Update

On Thursday July 23, 2015, at 5:28pm Hartford Police Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Wethersfield Avenue and Bond Street on a report of a bicyclist struck by a motor vehicle. When Officers arrived, EMS was attending to a 69 year old bicyclist who was suffering from life threating injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the vehicle, 38 year old Dalia Bourassa, failed a field sobriety test on scene and was subsequently charged with DUI in the crash. Four days after the crash on July 27, 2015 at 5:20am, 69 year old bicyclist Carlos Perez was pronounced deceased at Hartford Hospital. The Hartford Police Crime Scene Division is looking for any witnesses that may have seen the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department. Anonymous tips can be left on our website at the left of the page. 

Homicide Arrest for May 26th Shooting

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 11:14 pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 616 Maple Avenue for the report of shots fired, by the activation of Shot Spotter and the 911 report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers located a 23-year-old male victim, identified as Alexis Marrero, inside the Ciales Grocery store, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to both the torso and hand. EMS responded and transported the Marrero to Hartford Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1:55 am. The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division responded to the scene and assumed investigation.

Several investigative leads were developed leading to the preparation of an arrest warrant for the accused shooter identified as Jonathan M. Contrera, 22, of Hartford, CT. On June 16, 2015, the arrest warrant was granted at GA14 with a judge set bond of $1,000,000.

On July 27, 2015, through investigation HPD/US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and HPD Shooting Task Force were able to determine the location of Contrera. The information lead HPD Detectives to several hotels in the area of Southington, where a canvas was conducted and a vehicle associated with Contrera was observed. Surveillance was established on a specific room at the Southington Motel 6. HPD Detectives apprehended Contrera at the door of the room without further incident. Contrera was transported to the Major Crimes Division for debriefing and will be processed at the Hartford Police booking facility, charging him with Murder and carrying a Pistol without a permit.

Arrest: Jonathan M. Contrera, 22, of Hartford, CT
1. Murder
2. Carrying a pistol without a permit

Victim: Alexis Marrero, 23, of Hartford, CT

Homicide, July 26, 2015

On Sunday, July 26, 2015, at approximately 2:04pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 6 Kenyon Court on a report of an assault with a firearm. Upon arrival, Patrol Officers located an unresponsive victim seated in a vehicle and suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. EMS responded and transported the victim to Saint Francis Hospital where the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 2:42pm. Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation. Evidence at the scene indicates that this incident stemmed from a transaction/robbery involving a significant amount of narcotics.

Victim: Everet Scott, 47 of Hartford

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000. Anonymous tips can be given using the link on the right of the page.

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