On Monday, August 31, 2015, at approximately 11:57pm, the Hartford Police Department received several 911 reports of shots fired and a male victim shot at 52-K South Prospect Street. On arrival, a male victim was located suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. The victim was subsequently pronounced deceased on scene by the responding paramedics at 12:34am on Sept. 1, 2015. HPD Major Crimes Detectives and Crime Scene Detectives responded and assumed the investigation.
The victim is identified as William Prieto, DOB 1/25/1983 (32) of 52 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT.
The suspect was identified as Anthony Christiana, DOB 11/05/1987, of 38 Henry Street Hartford. On September 23, 2015, an arrest warrant has been drafted and approved by the States Attorney charging Anthony Christiana with Murder, Conspiracy to commit murder and numerous firearms charges. Christiana was picked up and arrested for Violation of Probation (unrelated charges) on Tuesday September 22,2015.
This morning at the Hartford Police Department, Anthony Christiana was arrested for the Murder of William Prieto, by HPD Major Crimes Detectives. He is being held on a $1,000,000 bond. There is a narcotics/money nexus to the motive. The investigation is on-going at this time.
Anthony Christiana, 27yo, of 38 Henry Street Hartford (Convicted Felon with 9 previous Hartford arrests)
2. Criminal possession of a firearm
3. Criminal use of a firearm
4. Conspiracy to commit Murder
On Sept 23, 2015, at 4:05pm, shortly after city schools dismissal, Members of the Hartford Police Department Central Conditions Unit observed a 2014 Toyota traveling southbound on Woodland Street. CCU Officers noticed the smoke filled vehicle had an blatant amount of smoke coming out of its windows. Officers also noticed the smoke smelled consistent with burnt marijuana. A motor vehicle stop was immediately executed in the vicinity of Woodland Street and Niles Street. During the course of the investigation the operator admitted to smoking marijuana while driving through city streets. Officers also discovered the operator had a firearm in his possession. As a result of the investigation, a Glock model 19 9mm pistol was recovered along with 2 high capacity magazines each containing 15 live rounds. The operator of the vehicle was charged accordingly and transported to HPD Booking Facility for processing. STF notified.
Arrested: Christopher Hernandez, 35, of Hartford, Connecticut
Charges: Illegal Tints, Weapons in M/V, Pistol without Permit, Possession High Capacity Mags (2 counts), Carrying Firearm under influence of drugs
Recovered: one (1) Glock Model 19 9mm pistol, with two (2) High Capacity Magazines and 30 live rounds
On Monday, September 21, 2015, Hartford/US Fugitive Task Force working with the Hartford Shooting Task Force developed credible information regarding a vehicle in which an occupant may be illegally in possession of a firearm. Hartford STF Officers observed a vehicle matching the description, traveling north on Garden Street in the area of Greenfield Street, traveling fast and disregarding multiple stop signs. STF and Fugitive Detectives stopped the vehicle on Barbour Street at Westland Street. Further investigation revealed the passenger, Accused/Daniel, had a stolen S&W 9mm firearm concealed in his waistband. Accused/Daniel was also in possession the listed narcotics. The operator of the vehicle Accused/Castro, was in possession of the listed narcotics Both accused parties were transported to Hartford Police Headquarters for booking and processing.
Arrest #1; Castro, Khadafi, 37, of Hartford, CT.
Charges; Stop Sign Violation x 2, Operating Under Suspension and Possession Narcotics.
Arrest #2; Daniel, Keenan, 19, of Benton Harbor, MI.
Charges; Weapon in M/V, Carrying Pistol w/o a Permit, Theft of a Firearm and Possession Narcotics.
Vehicle; 2013 Mazda 2, four door hatchback color gray, GA temporary plate
Daniel- Smith & Wesson Model 59, 9mm handgun, with one magazine containing (10) live 9mm rounds of ammunition.
Firearm listed in NCIC as stolen out of Bloomfield, CT.
Daniel- (1) plastic bag containing (20) small zip lock bags each containing a white rock like substance (suspected crack cocaine).
Castro- (7) wax paper sleeves each containing an off white powder substance (suspected heroin).
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
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Hartford CT, 06103