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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.

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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