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Prosecutor: Meriden man suspected in homicide, bond set at $1M in separate case

Prosecutor: Meriden man suspected in homicide, bond set at $1M in separate case

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MERIDEN — A prosecutor identified a local man as the main suspect in a homicide over the weekend during his arraignment Tuesday on unrelated charges.  

Trayquan Ford, 23, of 281 Grove St., was arrested on Monday after police say he failed to appear in court to face charges of risk of injury to a minor, interfering with police, reckless driving and operating under suspension from an incident on July 29. 

During Ford’s bond argument Tuesday, Assistant State’s Attorney Charles Johnson said he is the “main suspect” in “a murder” that occurred over the weekend and in a separate shooting two weeks ago. Johnson also said Ford did not come to court on Monday for his pending case, resulting in the new charge. 

The judge set bond for the failure to appear charge at $1 million and continued the case to Sept. 10. The bond for the July 29 charges was originally $50,000. Ford posted that bond and was released from custody until Monday night, when he was taken back into custody on the failure to appear warrant.

Outside of the courtroom, Johnson said he couldn’t comment on the specific locations of the homicide and shooting he referenced before the judge, but confirmed both incidents took place in Meriden. 


Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting on Allen Avenue Sunday. Francisco Huerta, 32, address unknown, died after being shot multiple times in the driveway of a home at 115 Allen Avenue. Witnesses said he was having his truck repaired by a resident of the home when he was shot shortly before 11:45 a.m. Sunday. His body was found in the front yard of 107 Allen Ave. next door. 

No arrests have been made. Police are asking for the public's help in locating outdoor surveillance video that may show a vehicle involved in the incident.

“The investigation is open and sensitive in nature,” Mennone said on Tuesday in response to whether police have identified a suspect in the shooting. “We will not be commenting on this case until we have established a strong case.” 

Police are asking for security video during the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday along the following roads: Johnson Avenue, Stoddard Drive, Coe Avenue, Centennial Avenue, Smithfield Avenue, Spruce Street, Eaton Avenue, Alanby Drive, Castle Drive, Gwen Road, and West Main Street from Centennial Avenue to the I-691 entrance ramp.

Anyone with video or other information is asked to contact Detective Eric Simonson at 203-630-6318.

Police said the homicide appears to be an isolated incident.
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