On October 27, 2015, at 9pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and Hartford Shooting Task Force Investigators responded to the area of 1670 Main Street, the Sands Housing Complex, for a report of a male suspect with a firearm. Patrol Officers staged on the perimeter of the area while the Hartford STF entered the area covertly. Hartford STF Investigators observed a suspect matching the description on the north side of the housing complex near Main Street. As STF Investigators approached the male suspect, he immediately ran away while clutching his waistband. A foot chase ensued. Hartford STF Investigators pursued the suspect east and then north through the basketball courts. Due to a perimeter already established by HPD Patrol Officers, the suspect was apprehended in the school basketball court area. At this point, the suspect was no longer clutching his waistband, and no longer had a firearm. Given the immediate proximity of the S.A.N.D Elementary School grounds, and immediate canvass was conducted.
During the canvass along the foot chase path of travel, a HPD Patrol Officer, located the firearm discarded by the suspect along the wooded fence line between the Sands Housing Complex and the S.A.N.D Elementary School grounds. The firearm seized was a loaded Smith & Wesson, Model SW40E, .40 Caliber Pistol, with a chambered live round and magazine containing nine (9) .40 caliber live rounds. The serial number on the pistol was obliterated.
The suspect was identified as Accused Iran Harris (convicted felon with 33 previous arrests in Hartford) On Harris' person, eleven (11) bags of suspected heroin was located and seized.
Arrest; Harris, Iran, 27, of Hartford, CT. Convicted Felon, with 33 Previous Hartford Arrests.
Interfering w/ Police, Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Weapon on School Grounds, Possession of High Capacity Magazine, Obliterated Serial Number, Criminal Trespass 3rd, Possession Narcotics, PWITS Narcotics and PWITS 1500 feet of School.
Picture of gun available on Twitter @LtFoley
On October 23, 2015, at 9:40pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 30 Preston Street, on a Domestic Complaint. The victim stated she had been strangled and assaulted by her husband. The victim had visible bruising and was transported, by ambulance, to Hartford Hospital. Through the investigation HPD Patrol Officers located the suspect (Miguel Alsina) in a bedroom at 15 Colonial Street, where he pretended to be asleep. The suspect had his right hand under the pillow. The suspect admitted to arguing with his wife, but refused to be more specific. The suspect was placed into custody and a loaded handgun was located under the pillow. The suspect is a convicted felon, being supervised by Hartford Parole. Parole Officers assigned to the Hartford STF remanded the suspect to the Department of Corrections.
Arrested: Miguel Alsina, 32, of 15 Colonial Street, apt. 1E, Hartford, CT
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Assault in the third Degree, Strangulation in the Second Degree, Unlawful Restraint, Criminal Possession of a Firearm
Evidence: Keltec model P11, 9mm semi automatic pistol
On October 22, 2015, at 1:10pm, a Hartford Police Department Animal Control Officer (ACO) went to 19 Florence Street to investigate an unlawful animal transaction complaint. The ACO arrived with the complainants and she observed two males in the backyard of the residence. One of the males, Raheem Richardson, was identified as the suspect who had illegally sold the dogs to the complainants. The ACO and the complainants were then invited into the house by Richardson to discuss the matter. Once inside the house the ACO observed what she believed to be a rifle against the wall and a handgun laying in a child's seat that was in the living room. The ACO asked Richardson if the guns were "real". Richardson began acting very nervous and frantically grabbed the rifle (A Ruger BB gun) to demonstrate it was not a real firearm. Richardson then grabbed the handgun and ran up the stairs in the house. Now Fearing that Richardson may now be concealing a real handgun, the ACO radioed for police assistance/backup as she yelled for Richardson to come back downstairs. NOTE: HPD ACO's are unarmed- HPD Officers are aware of this and respond to these requests for assistance with urgency.
Assisting Officers quickly arrived and were able to detained Richardson without incident in an upstairs bedroom. Richardson's infant son was also in the bedroom (unharmed). A Walther .380 Caliber pistol containing four live rounds was located directly under the open window below the room in which Richardson was detained (Investigation showed the firearm had been reported stolen out of Chicago Il in 1988).
It was learned through the course of the investigation that the second person, who was initially in the yard with Richardson when the ACO arrived, had an active arrest warrant for Assault in the First Degree with the East Hartford Police Department. However, he had just left the scene. A description of the suspect was broadcast. HPD Traffic Division Officers located the 2nd suspect. (The Traffic Division as well as many other officers responded to the area to back up the ACO) Cleveland Byfield Jr was taken into custody by the Traffic Div Officers nearby on Fairmount Street (he was transported to EHPD).
Raheem Richardson was debriefed by Shooting Task Force Detectives and admitted to throwing the Walther .380 Pistol out of the second floor bedroom during the incident. Richardson has a previous SJO and a domestic violence conviction that disqualify him from possessing a Firearm.
Raheem Richardson was charged with the following: Failure to License a Dog, Failure to Vaccinate, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Theft of a Firearm, Unlawful Storage, and Risk of injury to a Minor.
The infant was left with mother, DCF Notified.
1) Arrested: Raheem Richardson, 23, of Hartford CT.
Charges: Failure to License a Dog, Failure to Vaccinate, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Theft of a Firearm, Unlawful Storage, and Risk of injury to a Minor
Evidence: Walther Arms P1 KAL .380 Semi-automatic containing four live ammunition rounds (Stolen).
2) Arrested: Cleveland Byfield Jr., 22, of East Hartford CT
Charges: Assault in the First Degree (East Hartford Police Arrest Warrant)
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