Windsor man wanted in Hartford homicide found hiding in 'secluded' Vermont home, officials say

Shawn Santoro, 26, of Windsor, was captured in Vermont and faces charges in the killing of Lewis Raymond in Hartford's South End in October, officials said.

Shawn Santoro, 26, of Windsor, was captured in Vermont and faces charges in the killing of Lewis Raymond in Hartford's South End in October, officials said.

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HARTFORD — A Windsor resident accused of killing a local man has been apprehended after hiding out in Vermont, authorities said Friday.

Shawn Santoro, 26, was arrested by U.S. Marshals and Hartford police officers after they tracked him on Thursday to a “secluded residence” on Bemis Road in Vernon, Vt., according to Matthew Duffy, supervisory deputy and public information officer for the U.S. Marshals' District of Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Santoro has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a firearm in connection with a fatal October shooting in Hartford's South End, according to investigators. Bond was set at $1.5 million.

Duffy said members of the task force also recovered a .9 mm Ruger handgun found to have been reported stolen in Connecticut from the Bemis Road home. However, he said, "it (is) unclear" whether Santoro will be charged with additional firearm offenses as a result.

Hartford officers responded to the intersection of Wethersfield Avenue and Elliott Street around 3:40 a.m. on Oct. 21 for a report of a person shot, according to police. Officers discovered an unresponsive man, identified as Raymond Lewis, 54, of Wethersfield Avenue, police said.

Lewis was transported to an area hospital for treatment, but was ultimately pronounced dead, according to police. Officers with the department’s Major Crimes and Crime Scene Divisions assumed the investigation. 

Investigators identified Santoro as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest, according to police. He was turned over to the Vermont State Police as a fugitive from justice after his arrest Thursday and awaits extradition to Connecticut, police said.

caroline.tien@hearst.com