On March 4, 2012, shortly after 3am, Hartford Police Officers were dispatched to 300 Summit St., Trinity College, on a report of a serious assault involving a student. The victim, Christopher Kenney (23yo) was found from suffering severe facial injuries sustained during an apparent assault. He was transported to Hartford Hospital.
The investigation was directed by the HPD Major Crimes Division. With little physical evidence and information, the investigation slowed but did not go cold. Detectives continued to work at the case for (approximately) the next 3 years. Major Crimes Detectives diligently developed and gathered information, piecing together the details of the investigation.
Last week, while working a separate investigation, detectives developed the key information needed to seek an arrest warrant for two suspects. This morning, detectives obtained arrest warrants for two individuals.
This evening, HPD Major Crimes Detectives, with the assistance of the HPD Fugitive Task Force, took Veronica Marquez, 27 of Hartford into custody without incident. Marquez was transported to booking and is being held on a $250,000 judge set bond. She will be arraigned tomorrow. The second suspect, Pedro Carillo, 20 of Hartford, is currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections on separate charges and will be habeas to GA14 on a later date where the arrest warrant will be served.
Pedro Carillo, 20 of Hartford CT (6 Previous Hartford Arrests) –Pending Habeas will be charged with:
1. Assault 2nd
2. Conspiracy/Assault 2nd
(He has been held since Sept. 18, 2014 on a separate, unrelated August 16, 2014 Assault 2nd incident- with a $100,000 bond.)
Veronica Marquez, 27 of Hartford CT (9 Previous Hartford Arrests) $250,000 Bond
1. Assault 2nd
2. Conspiracy/Assault 2nd
Throughout the investigation, the Hartford Police Department received complete cooperation and assistance from Trinity College.
Craigslist transactions that have turned into robberies and/or violent encounters have become a nationwide trend and a problem for police departments across the country. Often, one of the consenting parties on either side of these transactions is robbed of their money and/or belongings. Certainly, the greater Hartford region has experienced this trend first hand. As we have painfully seen here in Hartford, these types of incidents have had great potential for violence.
In an effort to help this trend and keep our citizens safe, the Hartford Police Department is offering its public parking lot as a suggested location option for these transactions. The offering of Police Parking lots as a safe zone for these transactions has already successfully occurred in other parts of the country. Our lot is well lit and under 24/7 video surveillance. Moreover our front desk in the main lobby is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We suggest citizens in the region consider this as a safe option when arranging a location to conduct a craigslist style transaction.
Our public parking lots and main lobby are literally "Public". While our lot is not very large, it is a strain we are willing to deal with to ensure these potentially violent encounters do not occur. Our police department is always willing to open our doors for our citizens. We are constantly looking for ways to encourage our community to feel welcome and safe.
General Social Media transaction safety tips:
On January 28, 2015 at 2137 hours, Hartford Police Patrol officers responded to 692 Garden Street for the report of shots fired. Responding officers located the victim, Michael Leon DOB 3/01/1968, unresponsive in the roadway suffering from multiple gun shots. EMS responded and pronounced the victim deceased on scene. HPD Major Crimes Division Homicide Detectives responded and initiated the investigation.
During the course of the investigation, evidence and witnesses were located. As a result, detectives developed a suspect, Tevin “Man Man” Jiles, 04/14/92, of Garden Street in Hartford.
On February 20, 2015, investigating detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Tevin Jiles. This afternoon, homicide detectives conducting surveillance located Jiles walking on Garden St. Jiles was taken into custody without incident. Jiles was taken to the HPD Major Crimes Division. Jiles, a convicted felon with 9 previous Hartford arrests, was booked and charged with Murder, 53a-54a and Criminal Possession of a Firearm, 53a-217c in connection with the death of Michael Leon DOB 3/01/1986.
Jiles is being held on a $1,000,000 judge set bond and will be arraigned at GA 14.
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