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STF Arrest March 14, 2015

On March 14, 2015, Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force were conducting proactive patrols in the area of Mather Street and Bedford Street in response to recent gunfire incidents. Task Force members were investigating three individuals in front of the Super Deli market. As the Task Force officers approached to investigate, one of the parties discarded a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. (Intelligence gained over the course of the last few weeks also indicates that the firearm seized during this incident was used in several recent shootings in the area). All three parties were detained, and the other two individuals (One Adult, One Juvenile), were found in possession of marijuana that was packaged for street level sale. The arrested juvenile is currently on Juvenile Probation for previous firearms charges.

Arrested 1: Andre Rodriguez aka "Flip" 27 of, Hartford CT.
Charges: Criminal Trespass 1st , Criminal Possession of a Pistol, and Pistol w/o Permit.

Arrested 2: Brandon Dakers aka "Doe-Boy" 22 of, Hartford CT
Charges: Criminal Trespass 1st, Possession Marijuana, and P.W.I.T.S. Marijuana.

Juvenile Arrested Party : 17 yo Male from Hartford
Charges: Criminal Trespass 1st, Possession Marijuana, and P.W.I.T.S. Marijuana.

Evidence: Berretta .40 Caliber, model "Brigadier", semi-automatic pistol  containing (11) live 40. caliber ammunition rounds, (19) bags of packaged Marijuana, $175.00 US Currency and two cellular phones.



Trinity College Assault Arrest

On March 4, 2012, shortly after 3am, Hartford Police Officers were dispatched to 300 Summit St., Trinity College, on a report of a serious assault involving a student. The victim, Christopher Kenney (23yo) was found from suffering severe facial injuries sustained during an apparent assault. He was transported to Hartford Hospital.

The investigation was directed by the HPD Major Crimes Division. With little physical evidence and information, the investigation slowed but did not go cold. Detectives continued to work at the case for (approximately) the next 3 years. Major Crimes Detectives diligently developed and gathered information, piecing together the details of the investigation.

Last week, while working a separate investigation, detectives developed the key information needed to seek an arrest warrant for two suspects. This morning, detectives obtained arrest warrants for two individuals.

This evening, HPD Major Crimes Detectives, with the assistance of the HPD Fugitive Task Force, took Veronica Marquez, 27 of Hartford into custody without incident. Marquez was transported to booking and is being held on a $250,000 judge set bond. She will be arraigned tomorrow. The second suspect, Pedro Carillo, 20 of Hartford, is currently in the custody of the Department of Corrections on separate charges and will be habeas to GA14 on a later date where the arrest warrant will be served.

Pedro Carillo, 20 of Hartford CT (6 Previous Hartford Arrests) –Pending Habeas will be charged with:
1. Assault 2nd
2. Conspiracy/Assault 2nd
(He has been held since Sept. 18, 2014 on a separate, unrelated August 16, 2014 Assault 2nd incident- with a $100,000 bond.)

Veronica Marquez, 27 of Hartford CT (9 Previous Hartford Arrests) $250,000 Bond
1. Assault 2nd
2. Conspiracy/Assault 2nd

Throughout the investigation, the Hartford Police Department received complete cooperation and assistance from Trinity College.

Operation Safe Lot

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:

  1. Insist to meet at a public place such as the Hartford Police Department.
  2. Don't go alone.
  3. Trust your instincts.
  4. Do not meet in a secluded area.
  5. Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
  6. Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
  7. Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
  8. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.
  9. Tell a friend or family member about your intentions.
  10. Take your cell phone with you.
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