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Arrest After Wild Chase in Hartford



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    A police chase ended with the arrest of a suspect in Hartford's first two homicides of the New Year, but the search continues for another person.

    Officers responded to 54 Putnam St.  at 3:50 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a domestic incident involving Jose Medina, 20, of West Hartford, police said.

    After a chase through Hartford, East Hartford and Glastonbury that ended in West Hartford, police found Medina in the shopping plaza on 32 Kane Street and attempted to stop him, police said.

    He tried to escape by running into a Rainbow clothing store in the shopping plaza, police said. Medina had a substantial quantity of heroin when he was captured, police said.

    Charges are also pending in relation to double-homicides Saturday morning on Francis Ave near Park Street.

    Lionel Roldan, 24, of Manchester, and Luis Rivera, 20, of Hartford, were killed.


    Just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, a man approached police outside of the West Indian Social Club on 3341 Main St. and reported that he had been shot. He was transferred to St. Francis Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper left chest area.

    About an hour later St. Francis Hospital alerted police of a shooting victim who drove himself to the hospital after being shot inside the same nightclub. Police said the victim was the club’s DJ and he saw a commotion on the dance floor and shortly after he felt a pain in the right side. Police said the man suffered a non-life threatening injury.

    The Hartford Police Major Crimes unit is currently investigating the shootings.