On Friday night at 9:16pm Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to the area of 538 Park St. after several 911 calls and ShotSpotter notification of shots fired. Responding Officers located a male victim, laying on the sidewalk, directly in front of 538 Park St., suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. The victim, Milton Castro, was pronounced dead on scene by EMS personnel.
HPD Major Crimes Division/Homicide Detectives responded and initiated an investigation. Assisted by Crime Scene Techs and Shooting Task Force investigators, Homicide Detectives worked through the night and through the weekend following leads. Information was developed that the suspect and a witness were hiding from law enforcement in an address in the South End of Hartford. Detectives believed the witness had also been shot during the homicide. Last night HPD Homicide Detectives, Patrol Officers, and the Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at the location.
The suspect, Jose LaPorte, 20 of Hartford was located in the residence. The witness, Marcus Montero, 27 of Hartford was also found in the house, suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Both were transported to the HPD Major Crimes Division.
Overnight Detectives applied for and obtained arrest warrants for both:
Jose Laporte 20, of Hartford, CT.
Marcus Montero 27 of Hartford, CT.
1. Criminal Attempt Murder
2. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
3. Criminal Use of Firearm
4. Carrying a Pistol without a permit
Bond- $750,000 cash
During the month of August, detectives with the Hartford Police Department’s Vice and Narcotics Unit, using a grant from the Tobacco Master Settlement Health and Trust Fund, through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, conducted unannounced compliance inspections of establishments that sell tobacco products. The inspections were performed in an effort to determine compliance with state laws concerning prohibition of the sale of cigarettes and/or tobacco products to youth under the age of eighteen. A total of 181 unannounced compliance inspections were conducted. Of this, a total of fifty (50) establishments were found to be in violation of the General Statutes of Connecticut, Sec. 53-344(b), Sale of tobacco to minors under eighteen. The offending clerks were issued a first time infraction of $200.00.
Please use this link for full report and list of compliant and non-compliant businesses.
Saturday Evening (9/13/14) the City of Hartford will see a significant surge in traffic with three simultaneous concerts. (Luke Bryan, Tom Petty and Susan Vega) The three concerts, at 3 separate locations/venues, are all scheduled to start and end at relatively the same time. Also, the three venues are in fairly close proximity to each other (XL Center, Infinity Hall and the Xfinity Theater) and in close proximity to the major traffic arteries (I84/I91/RT44). The Hartford Police Department is asking all concert goers to plan ahead, allow time for additional delay and respectfully enjoy your visit to our city. HPD will have significant planning and additions to traffic patrol for the incoming and outgoing traffic to buffer the surge from these three events. Links to the details of three events:
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103