Police: Man linked to crimes in Willimantic and Hartford

A local man was charged with several offenses Monday for an Aug. 26 incident involving shots fired, according to Willimantic police.

A local man was charged with several offenses Monday for an Aug. 26 incident involving shots fired, according to Willimantic police.

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WILLIMANTIC — Local police say they have arrested a man who has ties to crimes in Willimantic and Hartford.

Kevin Yamil Gomez-Silva, 22, of Willimantic, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment; illegal discharge of a firearm; illegal sale, delivery or transport of a long gun; risk of injury to a child; second-degree breach of peace; and tampering with physical evidence Monday. He was held on $250,000 bond and appeared in state Superior Court in Danielson on Tuesday.

Willimantic police said they responded to Cameo Drive for a report that someone had been run over by a vehicle on Aug. 26. Officers with the Accident Reconstruction Team and Detective Division identified Gomez-Silva as a suspect and determined he had fired shots from a rifle to intimidate the crowd of people responding to the crash before fleeing the scene, according to police.

Officers located and interviewed Gomez-Silva about the crash a few days afterward, according to police. They said they sought a warrant for his arrest but were unable to track down the firearm used in the shooting. Forensic analysis then allegedly revealed evidence recovered from the scene of the shooting was identical to evidence related to a case under investigation by Hartford police. 

Willimantic detectives and Accident Reconstruction Team members arrested Gomez-Silva Monday, according to police. Following the arrest, officers notified their Hartford counterparts that Gomez-Silva was in custody. 

Detectives with both forces applied for and received a search warrant for a Jewett City residence associated with Gomez-Silva, according to police. During the search, police recovered a rifle matching the evidence recovered from both the Willimantic and Hartford scenes, police said.

caroline.tien@hearst.com