On September 27, 2012 Hartford Police Officers responded to rear of 216 Washington Street on a report of and bleeding female. Officers found Sonia Rivera, 48yo lying on the ground with her pants down, bleeding severely, and suffering from fatal head trauma. A brick, believed to be the weapon was located on scene. Ms. Rivera was transported to Hartford Hospital where she was pronounced dead on September 29th. Her death was ruled a homicide, blunt force trauma to the head by the O.C.M.E.
Hartford Police Major Crimes Division- Homicide Detectives lead the investigation. The DNA evidence located at the scene was critical to the investigation. Detectives consulted with and utilized Dr. Lee and the Forensic Science Department, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, University of New Haven as well as the CT. State Forensic Lab.
Homicide Detectives develop a profile of the suspect, Denzil Nurse DOB 6/15/1971, who was wanted on unrelated burglary charges. In May of 2013 Nurse was arrested in connection the Burglaries. Prior to incarceration, Homicide Detectives interviewed Nurse. He was charged for the Burglary and given a $75,000 bond. Nurse is still serving time in the CT Department of Corrections (Osborne Corr. Institution).
Over the next several months detectives worked with the forensic labs. On May 2, 2014 Hartford Police Major Crimes Homicide Detectives, working closely with the Connecticut States Attorney’s Office, obtained an arrest warrant for Nurse, charging him with Murder in the Homicide of Ms. Rivera. He has a $2,000,000 bond. Nurse is a convicted felon with 29 previous Hartford Arrests. Nurse will be served with the Murder warrant on his next court appearance.
On May 11th, 2013 at approximately 1:00am, Patrol Units responded to shots fired in the area of 53 Seyms Street. Citizens in the area reported hearing two gunshots, but couldn't provide any additional information. In April of 2014, detectives for the HPD Shooting Task Force developed information regarding this shooting that had occurred on May of 2013. The shots fired occurred as a result of one male trying to fight several other individuals that were hanging out in the park located on East Street at Seyms Street. An intended victim and shooter were identified. The investigation led to a warrant being applied for the suspected shooter- Steven Echevarria (a convicted felon with a violent history). The warrant was approved on April 30th, 2014. On May 1st, 2014 Echevarria was apprehended during the execution of a narcotics search warrant at 51 Seyms Street.
Arrest: Steven Echevarria, 23 of 51 Seyms Street, Hartford, CT.
1. Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit
2. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
3. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
4. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
Court set bond of $350,000
**During the arrest apprehension and narcotics search warrant execution, Echevarria was also charged with Destruction of Evidence and Interfering with police.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103