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.
From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Wednesday, February 19, 2015
HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT
(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of 809 Asylum 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.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103