Two More Charged in Teen's Murder

Jose Pagan, 14, was shot as he slept

Jose Pagan, 14, was asleep in his bed at 236 Clinton St. in New Britain around 5 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2006 when the shots that killed him were fired. 

For almost three years, New Britain police have investigated, trying to piece together what happened and nab the people responsible. They have made three arrests and are looking for a fourth suspect.

Witnesses told police they saw one or two carloads of men drive up and get out of the vehicles when the shooting happened, according to the New Britain Herald.  At the time, police said the boy was apparently an unintended victim of retaliation for a Hartford shooting earlier the same day.

In 2008, police arrested Jason Ramos, 21, and accused him of leading the group to retaliate against Raul Robles, who they thought had been involved in a murder in Hartford that night, the Herald reports. He dated Pagan’s older sister and was accused of pointing out the house to the shooters. Jury selection has begun in his case.

On Wednesday, police arrested Christopher Arzuaga, 23, of Hartford, and Agustin Vazquez, 28, of Hartford in connection with the shooting. They also issued a warrant for Jose Heredia, 24, and released a wanted posted with his photo.   

Arzuaga is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Vazquez is charged with accessory to murder, conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution.

They are both being held on $2 million bonds. The arrest warrant affidavits are sealed.

Police are looking for Heredia, 24, who is known as SP or Espy.  Heredia’s last known address is in Hartford. He is believed to be operating a 1998 Black Four Door Nissan Altima with Connecticut Registration Plates 211MAZ, police said.

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