Police seize loaded hi-point .38 pistol;
Hartford - Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Interim Police Chief James C. Rovella, today announced that during an investigation into a report of an active fight involving baseball bats in the vicinity of Park and Zion Streets, Patrol Officers had seized a loaded Hi-Point .38 Pistol from a suspect vehicle and charged a convicted felon on numerous firearm related charges.
On June 13, 2012, at approximately 8:10 p.m., Hartford Patrol Officers Iovanna and Gustis, while responding to and investigating a report of an active fight involving baseball bats at Park and Zion Streets, identified a suspect vehicle that apparently had fled the scene prior to the officers arrival. The officers located the suspect vehicle in the vicinity of 189 Washington Street. Upon inspection they recovered the baseball bat and a loaded Hi-Point .38 Pistol. The owner and operator of the vehicle, Louis Feliciano, 4/28/84, of 125 Washington Street, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, and carrying weapons in a vehicle. Feliciano's bond was set at $100,000 pending arraignment in Hartford Superior Court.
"This makes 110 guns seized year to date by Hartford Police," said Interim Chief of Police James C. Rovella. "I want the public to know that every member of our department is committed to the reduction of violent crime in our city and the removal of firearms from our streets."
Recently, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released a report citing Hartford as the top city in Connecticut in the recovery of firearms in 2008 at 308 of the 526 recovered statewide. More than 440 firearms were recovered by the HPD in 2011. Year to date, Hartford Police have seized 110 firearms. View the full report at police.hartford.gov.
According to statistics reported to the FBI under Uniform Crime Reports, year to date as of June 12, 2012, Hartford has experienced a decrease in shooting incidents and victims by 27.7%, a 52.9 reduction in homicides, and an increase in firearm related arrests by 1.2%, an increase in murder arrests by 12.5%, and all Part One crime arrests by 11.1%.
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