Police Release Names, Charges of Oak Street Drive-By Suspects

Tuesday's Oak Street drive-by shooting may have been connected to a stabbing that occurred at the same address last Friday, according to police.

Three males were arrested and charged in conjunction with a drive-by shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon on Oak Street, according to police. 

Police said that at approximately 2:34 p.m. Tuesday afternoon an unknown number of gun shots were fired at a residence at 243 Oak St. The suspect then fled in what witnesses later described as a tan Ford Escort. Police then spotted a vehicle matching that description at a residence at 358 Main St. shortly thereafter, and took three people into custody. 

Those individuals were: Danny Cartagena Jr., 21, of the same address, who was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment and possession of cocaine; Danny Cartagena, 39, of 255 McKee St., who was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, two counts possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and operating an illegal drug factory; and a 16-year old minor who was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree reckless endangerment. 

Police could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday afternoon to say if the two Cartagena's were related. Both were scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Wednesday in Manchester Superior Court, with Danny Cartagena being held on a $500,000 bond, and Danny Cartagena Jr. being held on a $250,000. 

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Police said that the shooting was not a random act and may have been related to a stabbing that occurred last Friday at 235 Oak St. In that incident, police responded to the address at approximately 9 p.m. after reports of a large fight occurring outside the property. Police said they arrived to find a 25-year old victim and a 17-year old victim suffering from non-life threatening stab wounds. Police made four arrests in conjunction with that incident: Jose Acosta, 18, of 9 West Middle Turnpike, who was charged with breach of peace, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree riot and possession of a dangerous weapon; two 17-year old males and a 16-year old male were also arrested on similar charges. 

Police said they are continuing to investigate both incidents and ask anyone with information to contact police at 860-645-5510. All calls can remain confidential.

Nutmegger September 26, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Gary Benson September 26, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Manchester born and raised..........NOT!!!!
darlene September 26, 2012 at 08:52 PM
The ones accused of the drive by .. were not involved in the Friday incidence...
john September 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM
'hey son, get in the car and I will show you how we adults settle things the right way.....give me a puff of that blunt yo...."
Robin September 27, 2012 at 03:01 AM
really ... how sure are you
Frank September 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM
We can't control who chooses to move to Manchester and it is hard to control how they act once they are here, but something we can do as a community is address the problems that come from having landlords renting out run down apartments all around the nathan hale, main street, and center springs area. This we can control, we can also control how many state services and residential facilities are dumped in Manchester. This is an example of the problems that come from not having a government that has a vision of the future supported by planning, zoning, building and health department and the like. It's is our responsibility as citizens, taxpayers, and a town government to keep the village charm. I mean also these folks, if proven guilty should be locked up forever but that is really only addressing a symptom of bigger problems in the community, problems we can address,
Frank September 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Also just as an example of this lack of vision and poor planning lets think about the BOD trying to cheap out and a build a 90 foot tunnel in center springs. Need I say more?
Frank September 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Maybe another idea is that the town should have a program that gives incentives (yes the town needs to spend money if we want nice things) to get landlords to actually live in the buildings that they rent and renovate our older housing stock, how about a town sponsored cop, teacher, town employee next door type program so we can have more investment in the community. We should also be figuring out a way to get gays and hipsters from the greater hartford area to want to move to our older neighborhoods (which could be so nice if we even just followed building code) and make them nicer than they ever were, Main street should be like North Hampton II, lets get it done people!
Lexi Veritas September 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I am continuously shocked at the way in which residents of this town have buried their heads in the sand over and over and only pull them out to shout about things that had they been behaving in the manner of a good proactive citizen would have the power to influence before. I applaud Frank's statements. The residents of this community should direct their anger at the elected and appointed officials who have let their fellow citizens down time after time by choosing the "cheaper" way out. Examples of this abound: instead of looking at the opportunity to have Center Springs and the Cheney Railroad Line be a destination for both locals and visitors much like the High Line in NYC, we go cheap. Instead of staffing important town offices effectively that leads to effective enforcement of local ordinances and laws that protect our property values, we look at what we can do to get by. Instead of looking at creative funding sources and asking the community to come together to support special causes we dither about this or that and lose out on important revenue streams. We have aging housing stock, but there are also important areas of the community that could be developed for historical uses. By having a vision for the community, and not being mired in blaming who is here or who has moved in, only then will the community take the necessary steps forward. I hope that there is increased pressure on local leaders to think differently.
John September 27, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Obviously you don't own rental property. If a person ownes more than one rental property in the town of Manchester. How can you get them to live in more than one at a time ? Think about that .Where do you think the town is going to get this money to fund these programs you are talking about , and who is going to inforce them? If you think it is that easy then you are hired . How about land lords not accepting people with bad credit and criminal histories . I guarantee if everyone follows those simple principals our town will change .
darlene September 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
How sure r u....???.....people speculate in this world to much....back up info. With facts...
Frank September 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Yes John I know a landlord can only live in one house I'm just saying that is a possible good program. I know it isn't easy and I never said it was but if people threw up there hands and moved to Bolton every time there was a difficult problem facing our community then where would we be? I'm just saying this is a bigger picture issue and we need to address crime and the livability of our community from many angles. Just wishing "they" had never moved here isn't a solution. Everyone who lives in our community should have a safe and healthy environment both physically and emotionally. If we had that I don't think we would see this kind of thing happening.
Frank September 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Also this doesn't really sound like a "Driveby" from the articles here and in courant. They went to a house in a car, fought on the front lawn as the whole time the car was parked then they shot from a parked car then drove away. It's terrible and the worst but when people hear Driveby they think of people driving a car while shooting like crazies so I don't think this really fits and I'm just saying.
John September 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I'm sure because I don"t have these problems in my buildings and these are my requirements. How sure are you? Or are you just speculating? I grew up in this town and have witnessed the change. When they tore down all the projects in hartford where do you think the people went? Landlords Wake up!! Until you do we can't stop it .
James Bond September 28, 2012 at 03:41 AM
North Hampton? Nobody cares,the proof is that in a month this will all be forgotten.We the people have short memories and this won't do a thing to improve Manchester/North Hampton. SAD very sad.
James Bond September 28, 2012 at 03:42 AM
They look real sorry for what they did don't they?
B September 28, 2012 at 08:58 AM
They were dragged into the stabbing incident when the 16 yr old was WRONGFULLY implicated by the stab victim and his family took it upon themselves to act as vigilantes and attack and assault this teen, violence begets more violence. Why isn't the stab victims father being brought up on charges for assaulting a teen instead of letting the cops handle the situation? There needs to be more investigating and fact checking, its too easy to judge others through a looking glass. I don't condone anyone's actions in this awful situations, and i hear what your saying about revitalizing your town, and yes i fundamentally believe that all citizens should have the right to live and raise a family in safety, and security, but by your standards I, (someone who made credit mistakes before she even knew what bad/ good credit meant, is of low income means, struggling to provide for my family, and pay off my debt ) don't deserve that same right you say your fighting for. Not all low income families are gang members, drug dealers, or even drug abusers. The lack of humanity is appalling and is the number one reason things don't improve in our communities. A community should be inclusive, not exclusive. So sad.
Frank September 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM
I don't know anything about the specific incident but I do believe from a town redevelopment perspective, that yes all people deserve a safe place to live and this includes people of ALL income levels. You shouldn't have to live in a rundown house in a dangerous neighborhood because of your economic situation. As for the comments about the Hartford projects closing, yeah that is a huge problem not because people who used to live there moved here, the problems is that other towns (glastonbury and south windsor for example) used planning and zoning basically to "keep them out" and the result is other towns who didn't have a long term plan or were too cheap to address the issue through "open space" land purchases and such received all of the former residents. The geographic concentration of people in poverty isn't good for anyone, most especially those in poverty. My example of North Hampton as a goal is actually an economically mixed neighborhood and we should be thinking about how we can develop beautiful and safe mixed income neighborhoods so that all people who live in manchester have safe housing. As for folks who are fighting on lawns and stabbing and shooting, well I don't think anyone wants them living in their town or next door to them and therefore this is why we have prisons.
B September 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Well said Frank!
evelyn September 28, 2012 at 05:57 PM
this family has a hard working mom of two jobs and the elder son is a college student who is also employed... so yes i am sure.... from an inside perspective the other family seems to be plagued by violent happenings ,,,,i wonder why??????????? sometimes a persons hand is pushed and innocent and humble people have to fight back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DONT GO AROUND BULLING PEOPLE, SOMETIMES EVEN GOOD PEOPLE CAN SNAPPP!!!!!!!!!! i would protect my family at all cost...
evelyn September 28, 2012 at 06:02 PM
my ? is , why isnt the family frm oak street being charged with anything???????????? this all has derived from there negligence......what kind of stabb victims are those n less then a week there up fo retaliation and at that wage war on an innocent 16 yr old, they should be torched to a crisp... there parnts should be held accountable, from whati hear that oak street is very much undesireable people
Monica Lopez September 30, 2012 at 03:40 AM
No they weren't but their SON was claiming in school that he was there & stabbed the 17 - Year old victim
Monica Lopez September 30, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Maybe because the 16 year old was going around to others saying he was involved and was the one that was stabbing the 17 year old . Maybe the father of the victim wasn't involved because he has a job he was working while this was occuring . Mr B , you are doing exactly what you said for people not to do is judge through a looking glass , you say the father of the victim of the stabbing was involved , but he wasn't even in the town of manchester . Stop running your mouth over the comupter as well if you don't know the facts .
Monica Lopez September 30, 2012 at 03:51 AM
But isn't it funny how the family wasn't only charged with shooting at the house but why did they have the gun in the first place ? Why was it that they had a drug factory from in their house ? Expecially within such close range of a school. THINK ABOUT IT
Monica Lopez September 30, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Do you know the family from 243 Oak ? No , then stop commenting . This is all because of stupid ass people that don't know how to just sit back and let people handle their own problems . If the people from 243 Oak had been doing something for their so called " friends " want to stab them then there is CLEARLY a problem in which the " friends " have the heart and manhood to do such a thing ? 3 of the 4 that were stabbing the 243 Oak victims were in a residental anyways , they have a past of the bullshit . The 16 year old wasn't innocent , so stop the stupid petty shit . You say you hear things about this family , but you don't know them personally .
The Boss September 30, 2012 at 04:01 AM
I agree with Monica once again
Boilermanfun September 30, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I live two blocks away, and I am a landlord. I have live here for years and have watched the area only get worse. I talk with other landlords about their tenants. You can’t stop people from moving in after the lease is signed. I had a tenant that let kids come and go as they wanted doing drugs, drinking, and a rapist. I called the cops and they did nothing. The MPD would all ways say nothing we can do, the tenant has the right to have friend over. I evicted the people out of the house only to have their daughter come back and egg my house and cars. They throw rocks at the house and break windows. I saw them do this and a neighbor saw them too. We called MPD and I pointed out the kids that we saw and because they are minors the MPD could not do anything. I don’t know how to fix it, but what they are doing now is not helping. I think anyone on any type of aid from the town or state with kids. Should have a progress report from the school, if their kid’s grades fall below a C then they lost that aid till the kids grades come up. If the kids are arrested or picked up by the police for a crime, then they should lose the aid then too. If you want a better town you need to change how the system works. You can’t do the same thing year after year and hope it will get better as it only gets worse.
B September 30, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Monica, if their son "claimed to have been involved" does that make it ok for them to retaliate and beat him? They should have given that info to the cops and let them do their job. Thats why all this violence occurred, everyone took matters into their own hands. It won't end unless someone puts their grown folk pants on and makes the choice to stand against violence.
B September 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM
The point is stabbing, assaulting minors or anyone for that matter, and shoot outs are not they way we should be handling "our business" thats why there are laws. Prisons are full of our youth, and adults like you who think its okay to handle business" this way. Im saying all parties involved should be held accountable, not just a few. We as a people need to stop perpetuating this stupid macho mentality, that if you dont get them back your a punk, or that this is how "real men" solve problems, look where that got these people. After the initial stabbing case, which let me make clear, was wrong as well, it should have been left to the police to do their job, retaliation just keeps the cycle of violence going. Sadly, if these people dont learn from this, the violence will continue, and innocents who have nothing to do with this are going to be caught in the cross fire. Giving my views as a citizen of this country isn't running my mouth, it's my right, same as yours. Whatever the case, violence is not an acceptable way to solve your problem. The boss and you can just stop pretending you dont know eacthother, or maybe one in the same, lol.
Gary Benson September 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I could say that I am somewhat surprised by some of the comments made here but I'm not. This whole things boils down to human behavior. I find the behavior of all involved in this matter to be objectionable, period! Everyone mentioned has a role in this; parents, schools, police, youth, property owners (landlords) and so on. If these matters involve individuals who have moved here from elsewhere, which MAY be the case, then one cannot ignore that. We all know the bahaviors that have made larger urban areas "unsafe". Well, it appears that those behaviors are making their way into Manchester and I'm not liking it! So, stop beating around the bush people, acknowledge problems that exist and deal with them. Stop making excuses, stop catering the those who create the problems so that those law abiding citizens of Manchester can live in peace. **I certainly would appreciate comments made here if those making them would use their names rather than some made up thing... M - The Boss - Boilermanfun - and so on. What's to hide from? Fear of retribution? Then I guess you're not living in peace.


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