NEW HAVEN, CT — Friday, New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson and other police officials provided an update on violent crime and the city’s efforts to combat it. And police shared updates on fatal and non-fatal shootings, gun seizures, gun related arrests, and other arrests of note.

1. On January 10, 2021, New Haven Police responded to 280 Winthrop Avenue, Apartment 5, for the report of 2 people shot. The victims, Alfreda Youmans and Jeffrey Dotson were pronounced deceased and their deaths were determined to be a homicide. Major Crimes Sergeant David Zaweski began an investigation, which was then transferred to Detective Gregory Dash of the Shooting Task Force.

After analyzing video surveillance, conducting neighborhood canvasses, and interviewing witnesses, Detective Dash developed a suspect, identified as Octavius Kindred (4/22/1984) of New Haven. With the assistance of the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office, probable cause was developed to charge Kindred with the following:

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  • Murder (2 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm

On December 23, 2022, the New Haven Police SWAT Team, the Shooting Task Force, and Criminal Intelligence Unit took Kindred into custody. He is currently being held on a $2,000,000 bond.

2. Previous: On November 12, 2022, at about 6:30 PM, New Haven Police received a call regarding a person shot at 85 Derby Avenue, the Yale Bowl Liquor Store. Responding officers located the store clerk, a 53-year-old Wallingford man, who had been shot during an apparent robbery. American Medical Response transported the victim to Yale New Haven Hospital where he was treated for serious injuries. He is currently in stable condition.

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The Bureau of Identification processed the scene and recovered ballistic evidence and surveillance footage. Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit are leading the investigation.

Update: After an extensive investigation, Detective Stroscio of the New Haven Police Major Crimes Unit, developed a suspect identified as Jalen Bacote (3/4/2000) of New Haven. Detective Stroscio applied for and was granted an arrest warrant for Bacote, charging him with the following:

  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Robbery in the First Degree
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm

On December 22, Bacote was arrested by members of the Shooting Task Force and Criminal Intelligence Unit, with the assistance of Probation. He is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

3. On December 8, 2022, at about 7:55 AM, New Haven Police was dispatched to Asylum Street for the report of a person shot. Responding officers learned that the victim had been shot at through an open window while in his home, however, was not struck by the gunfire.

Detective Stone of the New Haven Police Major Crimes Unit conducted a thorough investigation and determined that Trevon Henley (9/18/1996) of New Haven, was responsible for the gunfire. Detective Stone applied for and was granted an arrest warrant for Henley, charging him with the following:

  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Assault in the First Degree
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm

On December 22, 2022, Henley was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond.

4. On December 13, 2022, at about 6:44 AM, New Haven Police were dispatched to 241 Kimberley Avenue for the report of gunfire. Responding officers located evidence of gunfire and secured a crime scene. Shortly after, a gunshot victim arrived at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Detective Cordero of the New Haven Police Major Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Criminal Intelligence Unit, quickly developed information from analyzing video, that Brandon Roche (5/27/1999) of New Haven, was responsible for the shooting.

New Haven Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Connecticut State Police and Norwich Police Department, located Roche and the suspect vehicle in Norwich, CT. A search warrant was executed at the residence where Roche was located, and a .22 caliber handgun was recovered. Detective Cordero applied for and was granted an arrest warrant for Roche for the following charges:

  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
  • Criminal Possession of a Firearm

Roche is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

5. Previous: On September 16, 2022, at about 8:54 PM, New Haven Police received calls regarding a person shot on Atwater Street, between Dover Street and Wilcox Place. Responding officers located a 46-year-old Seymour man who had been shot. American Medical Response transported the victim to Yale New Haven Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to stable.

The Bureau of Identification responded to the scene and collected ballistic evidence. Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit are leading the investigation.

Update: On December 22, 2022, the victim, identified as Kenneth Cloud (6/8/1976) of Seymour, succumbed to his injuries as a result of the September 16, 2022 shooting. This marks the city’s 13th homicide of 2022.


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