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Middletown, Connecticut 06457
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

01/14/08

                    HOME INVASION TASK FORCE UPDATE

On June 20, 2007, a Law Enforcement Task Force consisting of representatives from the Division of Criminal Justice, the Connecticut Department of Corrections, the Connecticut State Police, and several local Police Departments was assembled for the purpose of investigating a series of home invasions that had occurred in the capitol region and beyond.  Many of the home invasions that were the subject of the investigation were violent in nature wherein the victims were restrained and assaulted.  Based on similarities in the manner in which the home invasions were committed and in the descriptions of the perpetrators, law enforcement authorities believed that an organized group of individuals was responsible. 

The task force conducted an intensive investigation throughout the summer. A dedicated group of state and local law enforcement officers conducted almost round the clock surveillance and utilized numerous other investigative techniques in an attempt to solve these crimes. 

On September 14, 2007, after eighty-seven days of investigation, over 120 state, local, and federal law enforcement officers gathered to execute search warrants for evidence and arrest warrants for the individuals believed to be involved in the criminal activities. 

Teams were formed to execute the warrants.  Execution of the warrants resulted in the seizure of evidence from the home invasions as well as evidence of other criminal activities.  The evidence gathered indicates that the targets of the warrants were involved in a large conspiracy to commit a wide array of criminal activities, including home invasions, for financial gain.  Several individuals were arrested on charges ranging from conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell, robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, and kidnapping in the first degree. 

To date, eight individuals Raul Robles, Hector Colon, Jorge Santos, Alexis Melendez, Tracy Beauchamp, Ulisis Robles, Jermaine Gonzalez and Trizane Richardson have been arrested on charges related to home invasion investigations and/or other crimes in Hartford, New Haven, Cromwell, and Coventry.  In addition there were two more arrests today 01/14/08 (see attached two releases).

They all are exposed to substantial periods of incarceration.  It is important to note that, at this point, the charges against these individuals are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent.

The Home Invasion Task Force is continuing to investigate these and numerous other home invasions believed to have been committed by this group of individuals and their associates.  Just recently an arrest was made for a home invasion committed in Coventry.  Further arrests are expected in connection with that incident. 

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Connecticut State Police

Bureau of Organized Crime

Statewide Organized Crime Investigative Task Force

Home Invasion Task Force

Monday January 14, 2008 Task Force Members Agent Michael Thompson South Windsor Police Department, State Police Detective Pedro Rosado of CSP/SOCITF, arrested without incident ERIC GOODEN B/M DOB 06-21-1987, Formerly of 176 Main Street Manchester, now in the custody of the Department of Corrections.  GOODEN, was charged with crimes related to a February 3, 2007, home invasion that occurred in the Town of Coventry Connecticut. Additional arrests for this case and other home invasions are anticipated.

Bond for GOODEN is court set at $500,000.

These charges are associated with the months long efforts of the Home Invasion Task Force to investigate and arrest members of a core group that were involved in home invasions, narcotics trafficking, counterfeiting of currency and auto theft in the greater Hartford area.

ARRESTED: Gooden, Eric   B/M   DOB 6-21-1987

                        Department of Corrections/ HCC

                        Formerly: 176 S. Main Street Manchester, CT

CHARGES:    Kidnapping 1st w/Firearm

                        Conspiracy-Kidnapping 1st w/Firearm

                        Burglary 1st

                        Conspiracy-Burglary 1st

                        Robbery 1st w/Firearm

                        Conspiracy-Robbery 1st w/Firearm

                        Larceny 3rd

                        Conspiracy-Larceny 3rd

COURT:         January 15 at GA 19.

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Connecticut State Police

Bureau of Organized Crime

Statewide Organized Crime Investigative Task Force

Home Invasion Task Force

Monday January 14, 2008 Task Force Members Agent Michael Thompson South Windsor Police Department, State Police Detective Pedro Rosado of CSP/SOCITF, arrested without incident Alexis Melendez, H/M DOB 09-04-1984, Formerly of 162 Cooper Street Manchester, now in the custody of the Department of Corrections.  Melendez, was charged with crimes related to a February 3, 2007, home invasion that occurred in the Town of Coventry Connecticut. Additional arrests for this case and other home invasions are anticipated.

Bond for Melendez is court set at $350,000.

These charges are associated with the months long efforts of the Home Invasion Task Force to investigate and arrest members of a core group that were involved in home invasions, narcotics trafficking, counterfeiting of currency and auto theft in the greater Hartford area.

ARRESTED: Alexis Melendez, H/M DOB 09-04-1984

                        Department of Corrections/ Gardner

                        Formerly: 162 Cooper Street Manchester, CT

CHARGES:    Kidnapping 1st w/Firearm

                        Conspiracy-Kidnapping 1st w/Firearm

                        Burglary 1st

                        Conspiracy-Burglary 1st

                        Robbery 1st w/Firearm

                        Conspiracy-Robbery 1st w/Firearm

                        Larceny 3rd

                        Conspiracy-Larceny 3rd

COURT:         January 15 at GA 19 Rockville.

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Lt. J. Paul Vance ####