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PAL Turkey Give-A-Way to Hartford Families

The Hartford Police Dept. Police Athletic League and the UCONN Men’s Hockey Team are teaming up for a  Turkey Give-A-Way to Hartford families.

The event is Tuesday, November 25th at 4:00pm, at the HPD PAL facility (85 Edwards St, formerly Quirk Middle School). The collborative team will be giving away 60 complete meals for our Hartford PAL families. PAL Board members and PAL Staff will be assisted by the UCONN Men’s Hockey team, who will join us at 4:00pm through 5:00pm to distribute the complete Thanksgiving Dinner "kits".  The team will then play floor hockey with the kids in the gym from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.  

For those who are interested in making a monetary or food donation please contact Sgt. Luis Ruiz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / (860) 818-0028 or
Peter Getz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / (860) 209-1908 by Monday, November 24, 2014.


Gang/Gun Arrest

On November 22, 2014 at 10:32pm, Hartford Police Department Shooting Task Force Officers were in the area of 378 Garden Street canvassing for a Juvenile gang member with an active Take Into Custody (TIC) warrant. A person matching the description was observed walking south on Garden Street and was stopped in front of 370 Garden Street. The Juvenile was positively identified and was found to be in possession of a loaded Colt .32 caliber pistol as well as 12 bags of marijuana. He was transported to the Juvenile Investigative Division (JID) to be processed. The Juvenile was eventually transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility located at 920 Broad Street Hartford, for the TIC, and respective firearm and marijuana charges.

Arrested Juvenile: Under 18yo Male. (Dumout Gang Member)

Evidence: One Colt .32 caliber pistol containing eight (8) live .32 caliber ammunition rounds, and Twelve Ziplock baggies each containing a green plant substance (Marijuana)

1. Carrying Pistol W/O a Permit
2. Possession of Marijuana
3. TIC Order


Gun Arrest November 22, 2014

On November 22, 2014 at 9:20pm Hartford Police Officers from the South Conditions Unit conducted a motor vehicle stop of the suspect in the area of 1 Julius Street. Officers were immediately concerned when they saw the suspect attempting to conceal an unknown item under the driver's side seat of the vehicle. The officers requested the party to exit the vehicle for officer safety purposes. As the party exited the vehicle the firearm was observed partially protruding from beneath the driver's seat. The suspect was found to not possess a CT pistol permit and was placed under arrest and charged accordingly.

Arrested: Xavier Cruz-Echevarria (dob 6/16/92) of 42 Ellsworth Street, Hartford, CT
1. Improper Parking
2. Operating an Unregistered MV
3. Operating MV No License
4. Insufficient Insurance
5. Misuse Marker Plates
6. Weapons in a MV
7. Possession of a Pistol w/out a Permit
$350,000 bond

Firearm: Beretta Model 96/40 cal Firearm, color silver, containing seven live 40 cal. rounds
(s/n BER170317)
Vehicle: 1997 Toyota Tercel, color white (bearing CT misuse marker 254-ZXG)


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