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5 men, 1 youth arrested on gun charges in 4 incidents in Boston Thursday and Friday

Officers arrested Kenneth Kelley Jr., 28, of Roxbury and Tarik Muhammad, 25, of Roxbury, on gun charges Thursday night.
Officers arrested Kenneth Kelley Jr., 28, of Roxbury and Tarik Muhammad, 25, of Roxbury, on gun charges Thursday night.Boston Police Department

Officers arrested five men and one youth on gun charges in four separate incidents in a span of less than 12 hours Thursday and early Friday, Boston police said.

The first incident occurred around 4:15 p.m. in South Boston Thursday when officers responded to a report of a fight in progress by 30 Linsky Barry Court, Boston police said in a statement. Upon arrival, officers found a man, later identified as Jamarie Davis, 18, of Springfield hiding behind a wall.

As officers approached Davis, they saw a red shoebox “within his arm reach,” police said. Inside the box, officers found a loaded 9mm Glock 19 with 27 rounds of ammunition in a clear extended magazine, authorities said.

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Davis was arrested and is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, police said. He is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court.

Jamarie Davis, 18, of Springfield, was arrested on gun charges after officers found a loaded Glock 19 in a shoebox in South Boston Thursday afternoon.
Jamarie Davis, 18, of Springfield, was arrested on gun charges after officers found a loaded Glock 19 in a shoebox in South Boston Thursday afternoon.Boston Police Department

The second incident occurred around 11:09 p.m. Thursday, when officers pulled over Kenneth Kelley Jr., 28, of Roxbury by Hampden Street and Kemble Street in Roxbury, police said. His car had matched the description of a car linked to a report of shots fired earlier in the night in Dorchester, authorities said.

Officers searched the car and allegedly found a .38-caliber handgun loaded with six rounds of live ammunition inside the glove compartment, police said. Officers arrested Kelley and the passenger, Tarik Muhammad, 25, of Roxbury.

As officers tried to handcuff Muhammad, he allegedly pulled away and fled down Hampden Street toward Norfolk Avenue, authorities said. After a brief foot pursuit, officers apprehended and arrested him.

Kelley is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a loaded firearm, and motor vehicle operation while refusing to identify himself, police said.

Muhammad is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a loaded firearm, and resisting arrest, police said.

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Both men are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court, police said.

The third incident occurred around 1:57 a.m. Friday, when officers in South Boston allegedly saw a “passenger smoking marijuana" in a parked car by Devine Way, Boston police said. After querying the car and learning that the insurance had been revoked, officers conducted a motor vehicle stop.

When an officer removed the driver, later identified as Marcus Morales, 22, of Randolph, Morales removed a plastic bag containing marijuana that was protruding from his rear pocket, police said. Officers also allegedly found in his pocket a Springfield Armory XD9 handgun with a defaced serial number loaded with nine rounds of ammunition. Morales was then arrested.

Officers later found “a large amount” of money inside a black plastic bag, another bag containing 18 live rounds of ammunition, and a small plastic bag containing a substance believed to be crack cocaine, police said. The passenger was released.

Morales is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession with intent to distribute Class D drugs, possession of Class B drugs, and uninsured motor vehicle on a public way, police said. He is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court.

The fourth incident occurred around 2:06 a.m., when officers by Horan Way in Jamaica Plain attempted to speak with two males who were “walking towards them, becoming disoriented," but the males sprinted away, police said. A foot pursuit ensued toward Heath Street, and officers eventually caught and arrested Josua Muriel, 22, of Randolph and a 17-year-old from Jamaica Plain, authorities said.

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While searching an apartment Muriel had run into, officers allegedly found a small blue bag containing a high-capacity magazine loaded with six live rounds of ammunition and a small plastic bag containing a substance believed to be crack cocaine, authorities said.

Muriel is facing charges of unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a large-capacity feeding device, possession of a Class B substance, and trespassing, police said. He is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

While running from police, the 17-year-old boy allegedly dropped a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm handgun with an “obliterated” serial number loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition, police said.

The boy is facing charges of delinquency by reason of: unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, police said. He is expected to be arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court.

Officers arrested Josua Muriel, 22, of Randolph, an a 17-year-old boy from Jamaica Plain on gun charges in Jamaica Plain early Friday
Officers arrested Josua Muriel, 22, of Randolph, an a 17-year-old boy from Jamaica Plain on gun charges in Jamaica Plain early FridayBoston Police Department

Matt Berg can be reached at matthew.berg@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattberg33.