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Boston police make 5 gun-related arrests in 12-hour span

Shown above is one of five guns that Boston police recovered in weekend arrests.
Shown above is one of five guns that Boston police recovered in weekend arrests.Boston police

Within a 12-hour span over the weekend, Boston police arrested five men in four separate incidents in Boston for allegedly having illegal firearms.

The first arrest was at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, when officers saw 19-year-old Dominick Gavin, of Hyde Park, “behaving in a suspicious manner” near Erie Street and Michigan Avenue in Dorchester.

Gavin noticed the officers, and he began running while holding the waistband of his pants, police said. Believing Gavin was armed, officers chased him through several back yards. They arrested him and discovered Gavin was wanted on two warrants.

Police allegedly found a loaded .32 caliber handgun on Gavin, who will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

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Later that night, at about 9 p.m., police said, officers were investigating a report of shots fired near Mount Ida Road in Dorchester, where a witness said an armed suspect had fled in an older gray Nissan.

Police said officers found that vehicle near Norton and Bowdoin streets and asked the driver, 21-year-old Juan Muniz, to get out of the car when they learned he did not have a valid driver’s license. When asked, Muniz told officers he had a firearm, police said.

Officers arrested the Dorchester man, and allegedly found a loaded .32 caliber Kel-Tec P-32 handgun inside his pants pocket. Muniz will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Police said they are not sure whether Muniz had any connection to the initial report of shots fired.

At about 11:45 p.m., officers arrested Keiarri Dyette, the 19-year-old passenger of a car that had been pulled over in Dorchester for allegedly running a stop sign then nearly striking a police cruiser.

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The Dorchester teenager “appeared to be extremely nervous and was behaving in a suspicious manner” at the traffic stop near Jerome Street and Cushing Avenue, police said, and they asked him to exit the vehicle multiple times.

When he did, officers allegedly saw a 9mm Fabrique Nationale Herstal handgun — fully loaded with an extended magazine — sticking out of his waistband and then falling down his pant leg.

Dyette will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a large capacity feeding device.

The officers were initially sent to the area to investigate a report of shots fired on Humphreys Street, and police said they are not certain whether Dyette has any connection to that report.

Early Sunday morning, at about 2:25 a.m., officers were involved in an investigation near 66 Hudson St. when they saw a suspect, 18-year-old Kharmaree Price, inside a building. They arrested him and allegedly found a loaded .45 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.

During that arrest, officers saw another man, 19-year-old Kris Porter-Elder, allegedly run into a nearby apartment, pull a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson M&P Shield handgun out of his waistband, and throw in onto a nearby table. Officers quickly arrested him.

Price, of Dorchester, and Porter-Elder, of Roxbury, will both be in Boston Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.


Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.

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