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June 14, 2014

Gun stolen from Hampstead home turns up at Hub graduation

HAMPSTEAD — A loaded handgun seized from a man arrested at a high school graduation in Boston has been linked to a burglary at a Tewksbury Road home.

Seven years after that burglary, the Jimenez Arms .22-caliber semiautomatic weapon and a second loaded gun turned up Wednesday at commencement ceremonies for McKinley Preparatory High School and McKinley South End Academy, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Adonis Alvarez, 18, of Roxbury was arrested on two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and a single count of receiving stolen property over $250, all felonies, spokeswoman Renee Algarin said yesterday.

Alvarez was also charged with two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, two counts of carrying a loaded firearm and a single count of resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, she said.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday in Boston Municipal Court and was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail, defense attorney Steven Topazio said. A hearing is scheduled for July 7.

Boston police were patrolling near the graduation shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday when officers saw Alvarez with the hood of his sweatshirt pulled up around his hat and face, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The officers also noticed Alvarez appeared to have a heavy object in the front pocket of his sweatshirt. He also had his right hand in the pocket and his arm tight against his waist, a characteristic of an armed gunman, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Alvarez tried to flee when police approached and was apprehended after a struggle. Officers then found a loaded Ruger .357-caliber revolver tucked in his sweatpants.

District Attorney Daniel Conley issued a statement, praising the officers.

“We don’t know what this young man intended to do with two loaded firearms outside a high school graduation, but we can be certain it was nothing good,” Conley said.

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