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    In 12 hours, Boston police arrest 7, seize 8 guns

    Boston Police Department
    Police have so far taken 32 guns off the streets in 2019.

    Boston police made seven arrests and confiscated eight guns in seven separate incidents within a 12 hour period between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, officials said.

    Denzil Pierre, 35, of Dorchester, was at 6:47 p.m. Wednesday , after police attempted to pull his car over due to motor vehicle violations and he tried to evade them, according to a statement.

    Pierre was charged with a third offense of unlawful possession of a firearm, armed career criminal level 3, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, reckless endangerment of a child, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for a police officer, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.

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    Pierre was also wanted by the Brookline District Court for charges of failure to stop and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, police said. He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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    On Thursday, officers arrested Luis Pina-Baptista, 44, of Dorchester, at 7 a.m. after executing a search warrant in the area of 6 Brook Avenue, police said. The SWAT team assisted in the search, during which police seized and a .380 caliber Colt handgun, police said.

    the search warrant obtained after a Jan. 3 incident when Pina-Bap Police obtainedtista allegedly pointed a gun at a woman during a road rage incident.

    Pina-Baptista is due to appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, police said, police said.

    Earlier, officers arrested Demitrius Woodson, 22, of Cambridge at 12:56 a.m, police said. Officers pulled over a car with a broken brake light, when Woodson, the passenger, allegedly reached forward and concealed an unknown object under his seat. Officers uncovered a loaded 9mm Ruger P89 handgun from underneath the passenger’s seat.

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    The car’s operator was issued a warning for equipment violation and released, police said

    Woodson is due to appear in Dorchester District Court on a second charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a large capacity feeding device, police said.

    Guns were also seized in four other arrests, including a 19-year-old South Boston man charged in connection an attack on New Year’s Eve and a Dorchester man pulled over on motor vehicle violations. A Dorchester man who allegedly struck a Boston police officer with his car Wednesday night. Another man was also arrested on gun charges in that incident, according to police.

    So far this year, officers have taken 32 guns off of the street, an increase from nine this time last year, police said in a statement, police said.

    “I can’t thank my officers enough for their never-ending efforts and commitment to keeping our city safe. In the first ten days of the new year, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of guns taken off our streets while sending a loud and clear message that gun violence will not be tolerated in our community,” Police Commissioner William Gross said in a statement.

    Andrew Stanton can be reached at andrew.stanton@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewstanton.