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Arrest Made for March 26, 2014 Shooting

On Monday, March 26, 2014, at 11:06pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and Shooting Task Force Investigators responded to 21 Orange Street for shots fired with two victims struck by gunfire. The two victims were transported to Hartford Hospital. Victim #1 was treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the left thigh and left ankle. Victim #2 was treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the stomach, left thigh and left foot. Numerous spent shell casings were located consisting of .22, .40 and .380 calibers. This serious assault with a firearm was assigned to the Shooting Task Force. During the execution of a search and seizure warrant conducted by the FBI Northern Connecticut Violent Crime Gang and the HPD, an HPD Detective seized a .22 caliber rifle from 2505 Main Street.

James Dudley was identified as the owner of the .22 caliber rifle, and was charged federally for firearm related charges. Ballistic testing conducted on the .22 caliber rifle seized, matched the .22 caliber shell casings recovered at the shooting scene. HPD Shooting Task Force Detectives developed further investigative information identifying Accused Dudley as one of the shooters. HPD Shooting Task Force Detectives prepared and submitted an arrest warrant to GA14, charging Accused Dudley with being a shooter in the serious assault with a firearm. On July 28th, 2015, the warrant was granted by a Judge at Hartford Superior Court GA14, with a cash only bond set at $150,000.

Accused Dudley is currently incarcerated at the New Haven Correctional Facility for Federal Firearms and Narcotic related charges. Accused Dudley will be habeas to GA14 for arraignment at his next federal court date.This investigation is active and additional arrests are expected.

Accused; Dudley, James, 28, of Hartford, CT.
Charges; Assault 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Assault 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Firearm.
Victim #1; Hemingway, Rufus, 22, of Hartford, CT.
Victim #2; Jurado, Jacqueline, Female, 33, of Manchester, CT.

Firearms Arrest on Bond Street

On August 8, 2015, Hartford Police Department Detectives from the Shooting Task Force received information that a person with a firearm was in the vicinity of 100 Bond Street. Surveillance was conducted and a suspect, who was observed matching the given description, was seen displaying characteristics of an armed person. As STF Detectives approached to investigate, the suspect later identified as Taj Banks 25yo, was seen fleeing towards the rear yard of 120 Bond Street. As Detectives gave chase, Banks was observed reaching into his waistband and throwing a heavy object into the rear yard. Banks was detained and a Bersa .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol containing six ammunition rounds was recovered from the rear yard. Banks was arrested on the following charges: Carrying Pistol without a Permit and Interfering with Police.

Arrested : Taj Banks 25 of Hartford CT.
Charges: Carrying Pistol without a Permit and Interfering with Police.
Evidence: One Bersa .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, containing six (6) live ammunition rounds

120 Bond Street

Cadet Police Academy 2015

Congratulations to the Hartford Explorers and Cadets for their achievements at the 2015 Cadet Police Academy held at the University of Hartford last week.

CPA 2015 Graduation

The awards are as follows:

1st Place female PT Competition-Basic Program
Explorer Ashyia William

2nd Place Felony Stop Competition- Advanced Program
Explorer Omar Gonzalez

2nd Place Crime Scene Investigation- Advanced Program
Explorer Maritza Martinez

1st Place Crisis Intervention- Advanced Program
Explorer Francisco Delgado

3rd Place Building Search- Advanced Program
Explorer Ezier Santiago

Advanced Program Directors Awards given to explorer for most effort shows leadership skills
Explorer Maritza Martinez

2nd Place Highest Team Post Shooting Range Award
Explorer Ezier Santiago
Explorer Omar Gonzalez
Explorer Francisco Delgado

2nd Place female Overall Scenario Competition Practical Skills Program
Explorer Lt. Karina Rivera
Explorer FTO Tahjana Lewis

3rd Place Male Overall Scenario Competition Practical Skills Program
Explorer Khaje Cotto

Highest Academic- Career Development Phase
Cadet Sheveran Thomson

Career Development Directors Award given to Explorer who stands out as a leader and puts forth most effort
Cadet Sheveran Thomson

Explorer Program:

Detective Nikki Mordasiewicz
Special Investigations Division/ Hartford Police Explorer Coordinator

Sergeant Michael Creter
Police Academy

Lieutenant Christene Mertes
Police Academy

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