HARTFORD POLICE APPREHEND SUSPECTS IN TWO INVESTIGATIONS.
(Hartford) - On Tuesday, April 12, 2005, Hartford Police apprehended suspects wanted in two separate HPD Major Crimes Division investigations.
On Tuesday, April 12th at approximately 5:30 p.m. HPD Patrol Officer Hector Casablanca was on patrol in the area of Franklin Avenue and Shultas Place, an area thought to be frequented by Randy J. Trice, wanted by Hartford Police in connection with a residential burglary on March 23, 2005, on Westbrook Street, Hartford. Officer Casablanca was aware that the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division had obtained an arrest warrant for Randy J. Trice, DOB 9/4/87, of 96 Ellington Street, Hartford, earlier in the day and that handguns were reported stolen in the March 23rd burglary. Based on information obtained during a field interview Officer Casablanca was able to locate Trice at 121 Franklin Avenue, where he was immediately identified and placed under arrest. Trice was charged by Hartford Police with Theft of a Firearm, Conspiracy to Steal a Firearm, Burglary in the Second Degree, Larceny in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, and remains in custody under a $500,000 bond. See related April 12, 2005 Press Release and photo.
Later on April 12, 2005, at approximately 9:00 p.m., detectives of the HPD's Vice and Narcotics unit received information as to the location of David Colon, DOB 8/10/87, a suspect wanted by Hartford Police in connection with a shooting that occurred in the area of 81 Whitmore Street Hartford on March 29, 2005. Colon, who was featured on "America's Most Wanted" on Saturday, April 9th, 2005, was reported to be visiting 40 Shultas Place and was armed with a handgun. Members of the Hartford Police Department's Vice and Narcotics and Major Crimes Divisions, North and South Conditions Teams, and Patrol units surrounded the address and within a short time located Colon in the basement of the building. Colon was taken into custody without further incident and charged with Criminal Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, and Reckless Endangerment. He remains in custody on a $500,000 bond. See photo of Colon.
In commenting on the arrests, Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett said, "Utilizing timely information, based on aggressive investigation of serious crime and information from the community, our officers and detectives were able to quickly identify and remove these dangerous suspects from Hartford streets. These arrests are terrific examples of great police work and outstanding police/community partnerships."