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Friday, December 14, 2018

COME ON HPD, SHOW SOME SPIRIT

If Branford can do it, HPD should be able to do it bigger and better.

Maybe we can get Assistant Chief Medina to don his Santa Claus outfit for the lip sync video.

 I am also told by HFD Chief Reggie Freeman that the Hartford Fire Department Fire House lighting competition should be coming to life this weekend as decorative lights will be illuminated on Fire Houses across the City.

 And a genuine thank you to0 all of our first responders who attended the Maple Avenue NRZ Christmas "Get-together ".

Both HFD and HPD have a great working relationship with the NRZ and last night showed that once again. The HFD Fire Cadets were extremely helpful carrying in the numerous donations collected for the Saint Augustine Food Bank, It is encouraging to see the future of HFD learning the importance of community service early on. Many HPD officers , CSO's and others also attended and interacted with community members who attended.

Chief Rosado and his son Esai , direct from hockey practice, worked the crowd and Assistant Chief Thody also attended accompanied by his new fiancee showing off her Christmas present weighing down her ring finger. (It is possible the engagement was moved along by comments made by Deputy Chief Buyak at Chief Thody's swearing in recently to make it official)

Congratulations to Chief Thody and Vicki.

And finally a sincere thank you to Hartford's version of the energizer bunny, my good friend Hyacinth Yennie. I don't know where she gets her energy from, but she never stops working to make her community a better place and seeing everyone coming together last night just shows her tireless and endless love for this City.

Last night is an example of why I choose to live in Hartford

And a great job by Branford PD.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

FROM HPD

Search Warrant Execution/18-37287

 

On 12/8/18 at 1213 hours, Officers were dispatched to HPD Headquarters on a report of a serious domestic related incident. Through his investigation, probable cause was developed and an arrest warrant was drafted for Rashid-Thorpe, Yusuuf (DOB 7/25/70) for violating the below listed charges. The arrest warrant was approved by a judge of the Superior Court, with a judge set bond of $250,000. A search and seizure warrant was also drafted based upon information received by Officers and approved by a judge of the Superior Court.

 

The accused turned himself in at HPD Headquarters without incident on 12/11/18. The search and seizure

warrant was executed by patrol officers on the same date at 2044 hours and several pieces of evidence were

secured, tagged, and submitted to the Property Room. CSD Detectives assisted in the processing of the

apartment. During the execution of the search warrant, ammunition and a firearm holster were recovered.

The accused is a convicted felon that was arrested by VCU Detectives on 4/5/18 for firearms related charges.

 

Arrested - Rashid-Thorpe, Yusuuf (DOB 7/25/70) 777 Main St. Apt. 1705

 

Charges - Sexual Assault 1st, Threatening 2nd, Assault 3rd, Disorderly Conduct, and Possession of

Ammunition by a Felon

 

Slashing/18-37600

 

On December 11, 2018 at approximately 7:15 PM, officers responded to 53 Sharon Street for a report of slashing. Upon arrival, officers initiated an investigation and determined a group of individuals attacked an adult after inflammatory words were exchanged via text message. The adult retrieved a knife and slashed one of the attackers, later determined to be a juvenile. The other attackers fled. Officers collected the knife as evidence and transported the adult to the Major Crimes Division for debriefing. The juvenile sustained a non-life threatening slash wound over the right knee cap and was treated at a local hospital. With the assistance of Major Crimes and Special Investigations Division detectives, the adult and juvenile combatants were arrested and charged accordingly.

 

Accused Adult: Wynter, Janice (B/F) DOB: 4/15/00 53 Sharon St.

 

Charges: Assault in the 2nd Deg. (53a-60)

Friday, November 30, 2018

FROM HPD, ANOTHER GUN USED IN A CRIME TAKEN OFF THE STREETS

On 11/29/18 at approximately 1941 hours, HPD dispatch received a call from the complainant of an armed robbery on 11/27/18 (Crossroads Supermarket). The complainant stated that two people matching the descriptions of the armed suspects from that robbery were back in front of the store. Officers from the Street Crimes Unit responded to the scene to further investigate the complaint. During the course of their investigation they engaged in a foot pursuit with the suspects, one of which was apprehended, armed with a .380 semi-automatic pistol. During a post Miranda debrief by MCD Detectives, the armed suspect confessed to the robbery on 11/27/18 at the Crossroads Supermarket. A warrant is pending for the robbery. Mondo, Jasonte (12/20/99) of 156 Oakland Terrace Hartford, CT

Charges: Carrying Pistol w/o Permit, Interfering with police

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

HPD FOOTWEAR DRIVE SATURDAY

Come out Saturday and help Officer Jim Barrett from HPD as he continues his efforts to provide footwear and proper footcare for Hartford's homeless population

FROM HPD

During the month of November 2018, Detectives from Hartford Vice & Narcotics developed information that narcotics were being sold from 27/29 York Street. An investigation was conducted, which led detectives to obtain a search warrant for 27 York Street, 2nd floor. On November 26, 2018, Hartford Vice & Narcotics, assisted by Hartford ERT, conducted the warrant operation. As a result of the operation, (1) Pistol/Revolver, ammunition and narcotics was located. In total, (4) persons were arrested on narcotics related charges. (2) of the arrested suspects, both having felony dis-qualifiers with one on parole, faced additional charges for criminal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Parole was contacted and responded. The suspect on parole was remanded by parole without bond, pending court appearance.



Warrant Operation Arrest 11/26/18



A1) Alexis Torres DOB: 04/04/91 LKA: 71 Blue Hills Ave. Hartford, CT (Felony Dis-qualifiers/Parole)



Charged: Criminal Possession Firearm, Criminal Possession Ammunition, Possession Narcotics (2cts),

PWITS Narcotics/Controlled Sub. (3cts), Drug Factory, Risk of Injury to Minor.



A2) Suelanie Concepcion DOB: 3/17/90 LKA: 27 York Street (2nd floor) Hartford, CT



Charged: Possession Narcotics/Controlled Substance (3cts), PWITS Narcotics/Controlled Sub. (3cts), Drug

Factory, Risk of Injury to Minor.



A3) Eduardo Burgos LKA: 4/22/87 LKA: 1686 Broad Street Hartford, CT (Felony Dis-qualifiers)



Charged: Criminal Possession Firearm, Criminal Possession Ammunition, Possession Narcotics (2cts),

PWITS Narcotics (2cts), PWITS Controlled Substance, Drug Factory, Risk of Injury to Minor.



A4) Travis Eason DOB: 12/29/88 LKA: 46 South Whitney Street Hartford, CT

Possession Narcotics, PWITS Narcotics, Possession less than 1/2 ounce Marijuana.



A5) Alexis Torres DOB: 04/04/91 LKA: 71 Blue Hills Ave. Hartford, CT (Felony Dis-qualifiers/Parole)

Possession Narcotics, Sale of Narcotics, Operating Suspended License, Possession Marijuana.



18-35909



On 8/25/18, probable cause was developed and an arrest warrant was drafted for Roberto Mejias in regards to the assault of a 7 month old infant. DOC PO Pawlich was notified, and Mejias' parole was immediately revoked. Through a concerted effort between Hartford Police Patrol Units, New Britain PD, and DOC Parole, intelligence was obtained that Mejias was present at 174 Maple Street New Britain, CT. On 11/25/18 at approximately 3:43 PM, Hartford Patrol Units and New Britain PD located Mejias, and took him into custody without incident. Mejias was debriefed by HPD Special Investigation Detectives and later remanded to the CT Department of Corrections.



Mejias, Roberto (8/21/88)



Remanded to Custody of DOC (Arrest warrant pending for Risk of Injury to a Minor, Assault 3rd under HPD case 18-35740)



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

DON'T HANDCUFF OUR POLICE, HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE INSTEAD


It is sad that our City Council tries so hard to create problems where they don't exist. A prime example is the proposed Ordinance  to restrict the use of technology by the Hartford Police Department.

It is also unfortunate that Council members can't , or won't , come up with proposals based upon their constituents needs but rather jump on board with legislation dangled in front of them by the ACLU. I never voted for an ACLU lawyer to represent me on the Hartford City Council. Our Council members need to get out in the Community more and start listening to what is important to residents of the City. And not only act like they are listening after they rile people up with misinformation

Early this spring, City residents were sending a message loud and clear at every opportunity that ATV's and crime were an issue. The Hartford Police responded with a program that included aerial surveillance and the operation was successful in clearing many of the ATV's off our streets for most of the summer. That aerial surveillance in the future will include a "drone" aspect to provide the aerial view and tracking for illegal activity on our streets and in our Parks.

Another aspect of the Council's disdain for technology is video surveillance, especially facial recognition technology. Facial recognition technology is used in many instances now, such as sporting events, concerts and other venues that attract large numbers of people. It serves a purpose and if that purpose is to keep us safer in this day and age, I have a hard time condemning that technology and I don't feel threatened by it.

Much of the Council's opposition to HPD technology is not due to the "Big Brother" watching  fears, it is more about promoting Hartford as a Sanctuary City where everyone if free of any fear of detection. The sad part is that even people who choose to come here because Hartford is known as a Sanctuary City, still have the same potential of being victims of crime as everyone else, possibly more.

The Council's anti-Police Technology agenda, and make no mistake, there is an agenda in play here, only serves to foster  greater mistrust in our Police Department. If the Hartford City Council were serious about holding our Police Department accountable to its residents, the Civilian Police Review Board  would be fully functional and meeting regularly to let residents know that their complaints would be handled promptly  and dealt with when issues arise. Not the lapdog joke it has been allowed to become under the Council's oversight ,  or should I say lack of oversight

We are fortunate as a City that we don't face the problems that many other Cities face with their Police Departments. Is HPD perfect? Absolutely not, our Police Department can always improve and strive to do better, but let's not create problems for someone's self serving agenda.  Transparency is a huge issue for any Police Department in gaining and holding the Public's trust.

HPD is a leader, in my opinion, in transparency. As an example, last week after an Officer involved shooting, HPD Command Staff released audio recordings within hours of the event. Other cities may take close to a year to release recordings.

If the Hartford City Council set aside their personal agendas and started actually working for their constituents needs, maybe things would change.

It is popular to attack the Police these days, but it should also be popular for elected Council members to attack homelessness, slumlords, disgusting living conditions, childhood asthma, gun violence, drug deaths, Hell, even the inequality of auto insurance rates for City resident's should be important, but I guess those issues are less important to the ACLU than a drone protecting Hartford residents.

FROM HPD

18-35123


On Monday November 19, 2018, Detectives from V&N conducted a plainclothes narcotics operation for the area of 762 Park Street (Bean Pot Restaurant). The operation was conducted in an effort to address the ongoing open air narcotics complaints which plague the area, reported by the business owners. The operation resulted in the arrest of numerous suspects for narcotics related charges or trespassing related complaints. As a result of the operation, (10) adult suspects were arrested on narcotics related charges. Numerous packaged Fentanyl, Crack Cocaine, Cocaine and Marijuana items were recovered from the arrestees. Several suspects were found to have active warrants, which were served during the booking process.



A1) Peter Boccacio Dob: 9/27/68 Lka: 24 Roxbury Street, East Hartford, Connecticut 

• Poss. of Narcotics, Criminal Trespass 3rd.

A2) Carl Jones Dob: 05/28/81 Lka: 1630 Main Street East Hartford, CT 

• Poss Narcotics, Sales Narcotics, Criminal Trespass 3rd.
• Poss Narcotics (2cts), Sales Narcotics 
(2cts), Criminal Trespass 3rd.
• Poss Narcotics (2cts), Sales Narcotics, Criminal Trespass 3rd.

A3) John Gray Dob: 5/01/81 Lka: 584 Main Street New Hartford, CT 

• Poss Narcotics (2cts)

A4) Alberto Rodriguez Dob: 2/19/98 187 South Marshall Street Hartford, CT 

• Operating Suspended License, Op Unregistered M/V, Misuse Registration.

A5) Luis Galindez Dob: 9/20/69 Lka: 560 Hungerford Street Hartford, CT 

• Poss. of Narcotics, Poss. Controlled Substance (Marijuana).

A6) Christopher Ayala Dob: 11/16/90 Lka: 33 Benton Street Hartford, CT PRAWN Warrant: Criminal Trespassing 3rd, Interfering W/Police FTA 2nd PRAWN Warrant: Poss. Cont. Sub., Op Suspend Lic., FTR registration, FTA 2nd

A7) Kirk Marshall Dob: 5/16/87 Lka: 37 New Street Bristol, CT

• Poss. of Narcotics, Criminal Trespass 3rd.
PRAWN Warrant: Identity Theft 3rd, Larceny 2nd, Forgery 3rd, FTA 1st. PRAWN Warrant: Larceny 6th, FTA 2nd

A8) Rosemary Soto Dob: 2/17/69 Lka: 20 Bary Lane Unionville, CT 

• Poss. of Narcotics, Criminal Trespass 3rd.

A9) David Castellano Dob; 11/29/74 Lka: 194 Russ Street Hartford, CT

• Op. Sus Lic., Op Unreg. M/V, Misuse Registration, No Insurance, Trespass 3rd.

A10) Luis Ramos Dob: 2/25/70 Lka: 50 Forest Street Hartford, Connecticut 

• Poss. of Narcotics, Criminal Trespass 3rd.

18-35178



On 11/19/18 at approximately 7:45pm, officers responded to the intersection of Airport Road and Wethersfield Avenue to investigate a multi vehicle car accident involving a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, officers learned the complainant spotted his vehicle in the south district of the city, and began chasing it northbound on Wethersfield Avenue. 

The accused ran a red light and struck a vehicle traveling eastbound across Wethersfield Avenue onto Airport Road. The operator of the stolen vehicle lost control and struck the front porch of 637 Wethersfield Avenue. 

Once stopped, the owner of the stolen vehicle and a friend of his began assaulting the suspect with a baseball bat. All parties were arrested and charged accordingly. 



Arrested: Gerardo Santiago 06/17/88 of 217 Wethersfield Avenue Apt. 6 Hartford, CT

Charges: Larceny 3rd, Reckless driving, Using M/V without owners permission, criminal trover 2nd and Breach of peace 

Arrested: Felix Cruz 08/21/81 of 34 Madison Street Apt. 1W Hartford, CT

Charges: Assault 2nd, Reckless driving, Operating M/V without license and Breach of peace

Arrested: Osniel Gonzalez 03/01/84 97 Grandview Terrace Hartford, CT

Charges: Assault 2nd and Breach of peace





**no mugshots at this time**




Sunday, November 18, 2018

WE DON'T NEED "THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS" FOR SHOOTING VICTIMS, WE NEED ENFORCEMENT OF GUN LAWS

Jose Rivera-Cruz

It seems that every time we have another tragic shooting, politicians, including our two US Senators, can't wait to run to the nearest television camera to remind us that their "thoughts and prayers" are with the victims  and their families and that they will work hard to pass gun control legislation.

I just want to mention to them, the issue is not more gun legislation.The answer is to strongly start enforcing the legislation we already have on the books with serious accountability for violating gun laws.

Look at the case this weekend of Jose Rivera Cruz. Rivera -Cruz has been arrested and released at least six times over the last few months  on charges that included illegal weapons charges and other crimes of violence

Rivera-Cruz was arrested on Halloween evening less than three weeks ago on Bond Street while he was in possession of a Colt M-15 rifle, a stolen 9mm Glock handgun, 366 bags of heroin/fentanyl, 6 grams of crack cocaine, 4 suboxone films, and 37 rounds of live ammunition. He has since been released on bond. 

Last night  information was obtained that Mr. Rivera-Cruz was once again in the area of Bond Street and armed with a firearm. A motor vehicle stop was initiated for motor vehicle violations, at which point Mr. Rivera-Cruz engaged police in a short vehicle and foot pursuit which ended in the area of 250 Columbus Blvd.  Mr. Rivera-Cruz was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.  He is currently in custody and being interviewed by members of the Felony Violence Reduction Team.  Motor vehicle and firearm charges will be applied shortly.

 At 4:59pm Saturday, members of the Hartford Police Department arrested Mr. Jose Rivera-Cruz in the area of Columbus Blvd after a short motor vehicle and foot pursuit. 

Rivera-Cruz is currently being held on a $1.2 million bond stemming from the following charges: 
 

     Reckless Driving 
     Evading Responsibility (2 Counts)
     Criminal Mischief 3 (2 Counts) 
     Misuse of Plates 
     Failure to Renew Registration 
     Failure to Carry Insurance Card
     Criminal Trespass 3
     Interfering with Police 
     Weapons in a Motor Vehicle 
     Criminal Possession of Pistol/Revolver 
     Carrying Pistol with out Permit 
     Engaging Police in Pursuit 

If the Hartford County   States Attorney is incapable or unwilling to come down hard  on gun crimes, then maybe there needs to be a change to someone that will. The case of Rivera -Cruz is a perfect example of a threat that does not deserve to be out in public terrorizing our neighborhoods. No good can possibly come from a drug dealer roaming the streets, running from the Police, in possession of an assault rifle.
A long jail sentence should be proper and just for someone like Jose Rivera-Cruz


FROM HPD

At 4:59pm this evening, members of the Hartford Police Department arrested Mr. Jose Rivera-Cruz in the area of Columbus Blvd after a short motor vehicle and foot pursuit. 

Mr. Rivera-Cruz was arrested on Halloween evening less than three weeks ago on Bond Street while he was in possession of a Colt M-15 rifle, a stolen 9mm Glock handgun, 366 bags of heroin/fentanyl, 6 grams of crack cocaine, 4 suboxone films, and 37 rounds of live ammunition. He has since been released on bond. 

On today’s date, information was obtained that Mr. Rivera-Cruz was once again in the area of Bond Street and armed with a firearm. A motor vehicle stop was initiated for motor vehicle violations, at which point Mr. Rivera-Cruz engaged police in a short vehicle and foot pursuit which ended in the area of 250 Columbus Blvd.  Mr. Rivera-Cruz was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.  He is currently in custody and being interviewed by members of the Felony Violence Reduction Team.  Motor vehicle and firearm charges will be applied shortly. More information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

 Mr. Rivera-Cruz is currently being held on a $1.2 million bond stemming from the following charges: 
 

     Reckless Driving 
     Evading Responsibility (2 Counts)
     Criminal Mischief 3 (2 Counts) 
     Misuse of Plates 
     Failure to Renew Registration 
     Failure to Carry Insurance Card
     Criminal Trespass 3
     Interfering with Police 
     Weapons in a Motor Vehicle 
     Criminal Possession of Pistol/Revolver 
     Carrying Pistol with out Permit 
     Engaging Police in Pursuit