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DUI Checkpoint April 17, 2015

From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Thursday, April 16, 2015


(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of Garden Street and Westland Street.

This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department's ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD's Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.

For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.

The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by "putting your junk in your trunk." Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.

Arrest Made After Stolen Vehicle Theft

On April 6, 2015, at 8:13pm patrol units responded to Preston and Campfield for the report of a motor vehicle theft at gun point. The vehicle was occupied by (2) juveniles when the it was taken by the suspect. Minutes later, the stolen vehicle arrived at Hartford Hospital with the operator/suspect suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper side/torso. A short time later, a second male victim was dropped off at Hartford Hospital with a non-life threatening GSW to leg. At 2047 hours, a 3rd male victim was dropped off at Saint Francis Hospital with a GSW to the leg.

The children (8yo and 3yo) were found in the vehicle, uninjured. They were immediately reunited with their family.

-Through investigation, a shooting scene was located in the area of 31 Gilman Street, and determined to be the location of incident.
-Operator/suspect of stolen vehicle was identified as Tony Mercado 23 of Hartford. He was listed in critical but stable condition. He was released today and immediately placed under arrest.
-Victim#2: Steven Pedraza 27 of Hartford. Non-life threatening GSW and has been released from hospital
-Victim#3: Juan Rosa 34 of Hartford. Non-life threatening GSW and will be released from hospital.

Further details of this investigation are enclosed in the arrest warrant which can be made available at the clerk's office/GA14.

This incident is still under investigation and is active.
The accused should be in court Monday morning.

Tony Mercado 23 of Hartford. Charges:
1. Robbery in the 1st Degree
2. Risk of injury to a minor 2 counts
3. Kidnapping 2nd Degree 2counts
Judge set bond $750.000

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