MERIDEN — The one year anniversary of an unsolved homicide on Allen Avenue prompted a statement from police Tuesday reminding the public of the ongoing investigation and requesting more information from the community.
Francisco Huertas, 32, was gunned down at around 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 while having repairs made to his truck in the driveway of a home on Allen Avenue, witnesses said at the time. His body was found in the front yard of a neighboring home.
“The Meriden Police Department would like to remind the community of the death of Francisco Huertas, who was murdered one year ago,” a police statement said. “... Although a year has passed, the department has not forgotten and is committed to bringing closure to the case and providing justice for Francisco and his family.”
Police Chief Roberto Rosado, hired last month, said Tuesday the Major Crimes Division continues to investigate. In the statement, police called the shooting a “violent and brazen” crime adding detectives have “attempted to follow every lead.”
“Major Crimes is working extremely hard, not just on this case but other cases as well,” Rosado said Tuesday. “...Our goal is to reduce crime in the city. We don’t want to investigate more homicides. A lot of the time we need the public’s help in reducing violence.”
Rosado said he hopes members of the public reach out to police with information. The department is also working with the state attorney’s office on the case.
“We are committed to partnering with the community and we ask for anyone with information to contact Detective Erik Simonson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-630-6318,” police said in the statement. “Citizens are encouraged to report suspected illegal activity to an anonymous tip line 203-630-6253 or via email at email@example.com.”
In the wake of the shooting, police had requested security video from the public of 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. The request was for video from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2019.‘We don’t forget’
Rosado said yearly reminders of open cases, especially homicides, can be effective in reassuring the public and generating information and leads. He said the department wants to bring closure to the case.
“We do have periodic conversations with the families of victims of crime,” Rosado said. “We don’t forget about the victims in the cases.”
At the time, police said the fatal shooting appeared to be an isolated incident.