On evening of November 13, 2014, Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Vice, Intell and Narcotics Division, assisted by members of the South Conditions Unit, were conducting a prostitution detail throughout the city. At approx. 10:36pm, in the area of Martin St. and Nelson St., the officers heard several (3) gun shots in close proximity. Several units converged upon the area and observed a suspect fleeing from the rear yards into a waiting vehicle. This vehicle failed to stop for the officers and fled south on Barbour St. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the vehicle and occupants were apprehended at the intersection of Woodland St and Farmington Ave. A firearm was discovered discarded from the suspect vehicle during the pursuit. The occupants of the vehicle were transported to MCD to be debriefed. A scene was located at 64 Martin Street consisting of several spent shell casing. Investigation revealed that was in possession of the firearm and discarded it during the vehicle pursuit. Willis was identified as the driver. Three of the occupants of the vehicle (Young, Willis, and Torres) were placed under arrest for various charges and transported to booking.
Arrested: Troy Young DOB 5-15-88 LKA 373 Farmington Ave, Htfd (Convicted Felon, 35 Previous Hartford Arrests)
1. Criminal possession of a firearm
2. Carrying a pistol without a permit
3. Weapons in a motor vehicle
4. Possession of a stolen firearm
5. Unlawful discharge of a firearm
6. Reckless endangerment in the first degree.
Arrested: Ruben Torres DOB 7-31-71 LKA 373 Capitol Avenue, Htfd
1. Interfering with Police
Arrested: Tayrence Willis, DOB 2-19-92 LKA of 821 Capitol Avenue, Htfd (Convicted Felon, 11 previous arrest)
1. Interfering with police
2. Reckless endangerment in the first degree
3. Reckless driving
4. Operating motor vehicle under suspension
Evidence: One silver Colt 45 caliber firearm with an empty magazine.
Evidence: Three spent .45 caliber shell casings.
Evidence: One spent .380 caliber shell casing.
On November 5, 2014 at 9:33pm, Hartford Police Officer Megan Cirigliano reported that she heard three gunshots in the immediate area of Shultas Pl. near Franklin Av. A Witness also heard gunshots and looked out a window, the witness observed the suspect holding a silver firearm. Officer Cirigliano and Officer Susannah Hildebidle located the suspect reaching inside a vehicle. The Officers secured the suspect. The Officers then recovered a Colt 45 single action revolver which was loaded and set in a cocked position. The firearm contained four spent shell casings, and one .45 caliber round. The firearm was seized and placed in the HPD property room; Shooting Task Force investigators debriefed the suspect- identified below. No scene, damage and/or victims were located or reported from area hospitals. The Accused was taken into custody for the below listed charges.
Accused: Rafeal Baez, 37, Hartford, CT.
1. Criminal Possession of Firearm, 53a-217c
2. Unlawful Discharge, 53-203
3. Reckless Endangerment 1st, 53a-63
4. Operating M/V without a license 14-36
5. Operating Unregistered M/V, 14-12
Evidence: Colt Single action Revolver, four spent shell casings, and one .45 caliber round.
On November 2, 2014 at 8:10pm Hartford Police Patrol Officers responded to a 911 call at 36 Bedford Street on a report of a stabbing. The victim, identified as Brian Salaman, 17 (8/30/97) of 36 Bedford Street, was found lying on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his torso and neck. EMS responded and immediately transported the victim to the St. Francis. Medical efforts were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at 10:11pm.
Patrol Officers took the suspect into custody on scene without incident and established a crime scene. Major Crimes Division- Homicide Detectives began an immediate investigation. This Investigation revealed that the suspect and victim became involved in a physical altercation outside of 36 Bedford Street resulting in the victim being stabbed. Numerous witnesses came forward and provided information and written statements to investigators. Major Crimes Investigators executed a Search warrant at the residence and recovered numerous items of evidentiary value.
The suspect has been identified as Edwin Ruiz (4/16/86) of 36 Bedford Street and a relative to the victim. The suspect has been charge with one count of Murder C.G.S 53a-54a. The suspect does have a history of DV related arrests with HPD.
The victim has no history with the Hartford Police Department, and was a student at Bulkeley High School.
The Hartford Police Department is still seeking witnesses and information. Anyone with information is asked to call Lieutenant Glendaly Garcia at 860-757-4043.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
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Hartford CT, 06103