The Hartford Shooting Task Force has arrested two men and recovered two weapons off the street.
Jeffrey Fox, 27, of New York was arrested on Nov. 6 in the area of Albany Avenue and Edgewood Street and Edguardo Ortiz, 36, of Hartford, was arrested at his home on New Britain Avenue on Nov. 9.
Fox was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, altering an ID of a pistol, sale of narcotics, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal trespass and possession of marijuana.
Ortiz was charged with operating a drug factory, criminal possession of a firearm, sale of narcotics, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school.
Fox and Ortiz were arrested were made after investigations by the Hartford Shooting Task Force. Both men are being held on $500,000 bonds.
According to a report provided by Hartford police, shooting incidents are down 13 percent, homicides are down by more than 13 percent, aggravated assaults have decreased by more than 6 percent and overall crime in the city has decreased by more than 2 percent when compared with the same time period in 2011.
"While challenges remain, I have no doubt the efforts of the Shooting Task Force, combined with the work of every division of the department, in partnership with our community and state, federal and local law enforcement agencies, will continue to reduce gun violence in our city," said Hartford Police Chief James C. Rovella.
Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or by calling the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
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