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Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HILARY ANTHONY BROWNE, 31, of New Britain, pleaded guilty today to firearm possession and drug distribution offenses.

Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the court proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson occurred via videoconference.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in late , the Manchester Police Department, East Central Narcotics Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force conducted an investigation of Browne for selling cocaine.  Browne was arrested in Manchester on December 20,   At the time of his arrest, he possessed a small quantity of cocaine.  After Browne informed an officer that he possessed a firearm, ballistic vest and a quantity of cocaine at his New Britain apartment, a consent search of the apartment revealed a loaded semi-automatic Pieper, Model /Basculant, mm pistol; a bullet proof vest; and a pill bottle containing grams of cocaine.

Browne’s criminal history includes state convictions for robbery in the first degree with the threat of a firearm, burglary and failure to appear.

Browne pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years; felon in possession of body armor, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of three years; and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

This matter has been investigated by the Manchester Police Department, East Central Narcotics Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration’s Hartford Task Force, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Keefe.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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MAYOR STEWART AND NBPD ANNOUNCE CAR BURGLARY TASK FORCE “Operation: Arrest, Release, Repeat” Results in Crime Reduction”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:         October 28,
MAYOR STEWART AND NBPD ANNOUNCE CAR BURGLARY TASK FORCE “Operation: Arrest, Release, Repeat” Results in Crime Reduction”
NEW BRITAIN – On Wednesday, Mayor Erin Stewart and New Britain Police Chief Christopher Chute gathered to announce the creation and early results of a new police department task force dedicated to crack down on car break-in burglaries in the City of New Britain. The task force is made up of over 20 officers, detectives, and police department supervisors. The task force is aimed at car break-in burglaries, not car thefts.
“The numbers don’t lie,” said Mayor Stewart. “We have seen an increase in larcenies from motor vehicles this year; everyone is talking about it in every neighborhood. The time to act is now, and we are committed to allocating additional resources to addressing this problem.” 
The City has reported 64 motor vehicle break-ins in August, 68 in September, and 43 in October.
This activity is not limited to New Britain. Surrounding towns throughout central Connecticut have expressed similar upticks in this kind of criminal activity as well. 
Chief Chute had some tips for residents, “Be sure to keep your car doors locked, do not leave anything valuable in your car, especially visible valuable items, and if you have the means to, install cameras.” Chief Chute added the Ring camera systems and social media posts have been a big help to the task force in identifying and ultimately arresting the criminals. 
Mayor Stewart continued, “The people committing these crimes are opportunists, they are looking for unlocked doors and easy targets, please keeps your doors locked and take your valuables inside with you.” 
The New Britain Police Department has been successful in arresting numerous individuals related to these crimes. Since the Task Force was formed in August, the City has seen a 30% reduction in the amount of car break-ins.
“The NBPD has done their job, now we need the court to do theirs,” said Mayor Stewart. “With courts shut down since the dawn of the pandemic, we’ve fallen into dangerous territory where these criminals are released back to the streets with no expectation of facing immediate consequences. The courts need to prosecute.”
“Now that the courts are back open we are hopeful that the system will start doing its job once again and get these criminals off our streets,” said Chief Chute.
Recent arrests in Operation Arrest, Release, Repeat include:
 Gabriel Cochran of Maple Street was arrested on 09/10/20 on the strength of a valid Arrest Warrant stemming from an incident where he was operating a stolen motor vehicle. At the time

Cochran was in possession of a stolen firearm. Cochran is also a suspect in multiple Stolen MV complaints and Larceny from MV complaints.
 Gerard Hines of Winter Street has multiple arrests stemming from Stolen Motor Vehicle complaints. Hines was most recently taken into custody for Breach of Peace 2nd Degree and Interfering with Police after Officers responded to a disturbance complaint where Hines was determined to be involved.
 Isaiah Rodriguez of East Street was taken into custody in late September following a brief foot pursuit after Officers observed him exiting a stolen motor vehicle in the Glen Street/Monroe Street area. Rodriguez has been arrested multiple times for Stolen MV and Larceny from MV related complaints.
If anyone has any tips relating to car burglaries in your area please utilize the anonymous tip line at
Media Contact:
Brock L. Weber Executive Aide to Mayor Erin Stewart [email protected]

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New Britain man charged with crushing Farmington police officer in stolen car showed ‘zero remorse’ upon arrest, police chief says

Farmington Police Chief Paul Melanson and officers gathered outside Superior Court in Hartford Tuesday. (Photo credit: Zach Murdock).

The New Britain man accused of crushing a Farmington police officer with a stolen car late last month while evading arrest was charged with a series of assault and larceny offenses Tuesday.

Pedro Acevedo, 32, is accused of intentionally ramming Officer James O’Donnell — crushing his lower half and nearly killing the year-old father of two — when O’Donnell responded to a call on Sept. 20 reporting thieves stealing catalytic converters at a Farmington condo complex.

Acevedo escaped Farmington police that night but was arrested in a separate stolen vehicle investigation in Plainville a few days after the Farmington incident and has remained in custody since while detectives and forensics experts examined DNA, cell phone data and video footage that appear to put Acevedo at the exact spot of crash the night O’Donnell was struck, new court records reveal.

Acevedo was arraigned on the new charges Tuesday afternoon before a standing-room only courtroom filled with dozens of uniformed officers and police chiefs from Farmington and surrounding towns. His knees buckled and he nearly collapsed before marshals sat him in a chair as Judge Hope Seeley ordered him held on an additional $, bond.

In front of the throng of uniformed officers outside court after the hearing, Farmington Police Chief Paul Melanson announced more charges are expected not just in the O’Donnell incident but in a series of other crimes their investigation has connected with over the past two weeks.

Farmington Police Chief Paul Melanson speaks to reporter outside Superior Court in Hartford. (Photo credit: Zach Murdock).

“This is a milestone within this investigation, obviously, and this was our goal to identify and apprehend the driver of that vehicle, however, this has then drawn tentacles into several other investigations,” Melanson said. “Obviously, there was another car stolen that night, he had an accomplice and our detectives are working hard on that. We have also tied in several other crimes to this — armed robberies, ATM thefts, catalytic converter thefts — so this is just the very beginning and this is going to be a long intensive process and there will be several others.”

O’Donnell remains hospitalized in Wallingford and will require multiple additional surgeries to repair his pelvis and injuries to his legs and is not yet able to even his hospital bed, Melanson and O’Donnell’s wife Kristen O’Donnell said Tuesday.

The incident that left O’Donnell severely injured began just before 1 a.m. Sept. 20 when a resident at the Forest in Farmington condominium complex called police to report two thieves taking catalytic converters from cars in the parking lot, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday.

O’Donnell was the first officer to arrive and immediately used his marked police cruiser to try to box in a white Nissan Altima that appeared to be trying to flee the scene, records show. The Altima reversed and pulled forward a few times as O’Donnell positioned his car to block the car between his cruiser and a row of parked cars in the lot.

As O’Donnell stepped out of his cruiser, he drew his weapon and ordered the driver of the Altima to stop. Instead, the driver of the Altima “surged” forward toward O’Donnell — hitting both the parked cars and police cruiser — pinning O’Donnell to his own cruiser and tearing him along the car as the Altima forced its way through.

The entire incident was captured on video and court records indicate just 16 seconds elapsed from O’Donnell’s arrival to the car crushing him and speeding away from the scene. The footage appears to show Acevedo in the driver’s seat of the Altima and a Nissan Rogue also stolen from the scene can be seen in the background driving away slowly, presumably driven by Acevedo’s accomplice that night, court records indicate.

The footage is “horrific,” but it will be made public once prosecutors approve its release, Melanson said.

“When the Altima driver decided to surge forward between Officer O’Donnell’s vehicle and the parked vehicles in the lot, Officer O’Donnell had approximately two seconds to react with nowhere to escape other than the interior of his vehicle,” according to the affidavit. “The stolen Nissan Rogue is visible on video slowly driving away as Officer O’Donnell is run over by the Altima.”

Other responding officers attempted to pursue the Altima as it fled the scene but found it abandoned, still running and with the driver’s door open, at a dead end street less than two blocks away, records show. Several attempts to use police dogs to track the driver were unsuccessful that night.

Later that day, a Plainville police officer who had seen a bulletin about the Farmington incident suggested the man seen on video driving the Altima appeared Acevedo, who he had investigated for an August stolen vehicle case and intended to arrest by warrant, court records show.

New Britain probation officers took Acevedo into custody on Sept. 23 on the outstanding Plainville warrant and Farmington investigators responded to the New Britain police department to seize his iPhone and Apple Watch, but Acevedo refused to speak to the Farmington detectives, according to the affidavit.

Location data recovered from the iPhone ultimately revealed the device was within 16 meters of the spot where O’Donnell was crushed just moments before the incident occurred and the device appears to travel south over the following few minutes, consistent with where the abandoned Altima was found and an unidentified person was seen on UConn Health security cameras walking from the area, court records show.

Facebook messages found on the phone, from the same account identified as Acevedo’s by the Plainville officer’s investigation, also revealed Acevedo had messaged another man that night that he was looking for “kitty,” which is slang for catalytic converters, according to the affidavit. Several other messages were sent from the phone that night to a contact listed as “La Toxica,” whose phone number matches those listed in previous police reports for Acevedo’s girlfriend.

Rapid DNA analysis also concluded Acevedo’s DNA matched samples collected from a surgical mask and bandana found in the stolen Altima and a sample from the car’s steering wheel.

Acevedo refused to speak with investigators again Tuesday morning when detectives served with him with the new warrant in connection with the O’Donnell incident, Melanson said.

“I can tell you in 32 years of this I’ve had people that I’ve arrested for murder who have remorse,” Melanson said. “There is zero remorse (here) and that kept up on the Sept. 23 arrest and that kept up this morning.”

Acevedo was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault, assault of a public safety officer, first-degree reckless endangerment, evading responsibility, reckless driving, motor vehicle theft and two additional counts of larceny.

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Court records show Acevedo has a lengthy criminal history dating back to , most recently misdemeanor assault charges in and the Plainville car theft case in August.

Acevedo’s bond of $, in the Farmington case will be in addition to a total $, bond on the Plainville case and violation probation of the assault charges, Seeley said.

O’Donnell, a former judicial marshal and three-year veteran of the police force, faces a very long and uncertain recovery but his colleagues and family said Tuesday they simply are grateful he is alive. O’Donnell has told police officials he intends to return to the force but his recovery could take at least a year, Melanson said.

“Oh yes, he told me he was coming back,” Melanson said. “I said, ‘Only with your wife’s permission.’ "

Staff writer Christine Dempsey contributed to this report.

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If there is an outstanding warrant, you probably would want to contact an experienced Connecticut criminal defense lawyer to help arrange your surrender and payment of the bond and to address your questions and concerns.


Whenever speaking with the police, we strongly recommend that you NOT make any statements about the alleged incident or the criminal investigation without the advice of an experienced Connecticut criminal defense lawyer; and that you invoke your right to remain silent and your right to counsel under both the Connecticut Constitution and the United States Constitution. 


Attorney Ron Murphy of Advocates Law Firm is an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney; he has been defending people accused of state and federal crimes in Connecticut since Atty. Murphy can help you or a loved one through the criminal law process – from pre-arrest investigation through disposition. Attorney Murphy’s first goal would be to guide you through the pre-arrest criminal investigation and, if possible, stop the arrest; and if you are arrested, to help you through the entire criminal law process, to protect your constitutional rights, and achieve the best possible result under all of the circumstances, whether that be through a negotiated plea bargain or a criminal trial in Superior Court or Federal court before a judge or jury.


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