On Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 5:33pm Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers, South Conditions and Shooting Task Force units responded to 371 New Park Avenue for the report of a serious assault with a firearm. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, Daniel Sampel, on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. EMS responded and transported the victim to Hartford Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 6:02pm.
HPD Major Crimes detectives and Crime Scene detectives responded and assumed control of the investigation. Several witnesses were identified and interviewed. As a result of those interviews two search and seizure warrants were executed at 359 New Park Avenue and 361 New Park Avenue. While executing the two search warrants several pieces of evidence were located and seized. Further investigation revealed the identity of a possible suspect involved in this homicide.
By Thursday, January 21, 2016, HPD Major Crimes Detectives established enough probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was submitted to a Judge of the Hartford Superior Court and approved. The charges for the accused- Sergio Martinez, DOB 4/28/1986, are Murder 53a-54a, Criminal Possession of a Firearm 53a-217, and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm 53-203, all in violation of Connecticut General Statutes. There is a 4,000,000 dollar cash or surety Judge set bond attached to the warrant.
The accused, Sergio Martinez, DOB 4/28/1986 is currently incarcerated in the State of New York for unrelated charges. Arrangements are currently being made by the involved jurisdictions to have Martinez transported back to Hartford, CT to face these charges.
From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Tuesday, January 19, 2016
HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT
(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, January 21, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 217 Wethersfield Avenue.
This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department's ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD's Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.
For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.
The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by "putting your junk in your trunk." Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.
On January 13, 2016, Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Vice and Narcotics Unit in conjunction with Agents from the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Service executed two search and seizure warrants/ arrest warrants at two "City Gas" Stations (1510 Albany Avenue and 10 White Street). HPD Vice and Narcotics detectives had two search warrants for Intellectual Property violations, while the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services had several arrest warrants for individuals associated with the businesses. During the execution of these warrants several pieces of counterfeit clothing were seized. Detectives were able to recover a large amount of synthetic marijuana and bath salts which were located hidden in the ceiling tiles of the business. The Agents were able to seize a large amount of untaxed cigarettes. Three individuals working at the businesses were arrested by Hartford Police as well as by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services agents.
Arrested: Shiraj Mhommed DOB 5-4-65 LKA 90 Waverly Dr, Newington
CHARGES: Counterfeit stamps/labels, Possession of
Hallucinogenic With Intent to Sell, Possession of Hallucinogenic
Arrested: Ahmed Mustak DOB 1-1-83 LKA 813 Maple Ave, Htfd
CHARGES: Counterfeit stamps/labels, Possession ofHallucinogenic With Intent to Sell, Possession of Hallucinogenic
Arrested: Mohammed Shaheen DOB 9-25-64 LKA 178 Allen Street, New Britain
Charges: Counterfeit stamps/labels, Possession of Hallucinogenic With Intent to Sell, Possession of Hallucinogenic
Evidence: 663 counterfeit hats knit winter hats
Evidence: 1022 grams of bath salts, 37 Synthetic marijuana packs
Evidence: U.S. currency $28,187 dollars, large amount of untaxed tobacco products
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103