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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hartford Gang Member Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Violent Kidnapping and Assault

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS PITT, also known as “Macho,” 24, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for a kidnapping and violent assault he committed with four other members of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation (“Latin Kings”).

According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 26, 2018, Anthony Carillo and Josue Franco lured an individual (“the victim”) to a residence on Benton Street in Hartford.  When the victim entered the residence, Pitt and Jonathan Otero were waiting. Carillo, Franco, Pitt and Otero then threatened, assaulted and tortured the victim, prevented him from leaving the residence, and demanded a ransom.  After the victim was restrained, Pedro Carillo arrived at the residence and participated in the ongoing assault and torture of the victim, which included burning him with cigarettes, pistol-whipping him and throwing a dart into his foot.

The defendants forced the victim to call someone to deliver money in exchange for his release.  The victim then called his father.  Franco grabbed the phone and told the victim’s father if he did not deliver $500 they were going to kill his son.  After the call, Otero put a bullet in the victim’s hand and told him he would use that bullet to shoot him in the head if the victim could not get the ransom money.  The victim was then transported to different locations in Hartford in an effort to collect ransom before he was eventually released.

The victim was treated at a hospital for a fractured cheekbone, a facial laceration, a concussion and other injuries.

Pitt has been detained since his arrest on October 4, 2018.  On September 25, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, and one count of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The other four defendants pleaded guilty to related charges and were sentenced last month.  On December 10, Otero was sentenced to 154 months of imprisonment; on December 16, Franco was sentenced to 132 months of imprisonment; on December 18, Anthony Carillo was sentenced to 125 months of imprisonment, and on December 19, Pedro Carillo was sentenced to 161 months of imprisonment.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Gang Task Force and the Hartford Police Department.  The Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.  The Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division has provided critical assistance to the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated January 30, 2020