Witness tip leads to firearm recovery, arrest in downtown Boston

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BOSTON — A keen-eyed private security guard’s observation led to the recovery of a loaded firearm and the arrest of a Leominster man in downtown Boston, police said Wednesday.

At about 6:59 p.m. on Tuesday, officers assigned to District A-1 were called to a shoplifting incident in Downtown Crossing when they were flagged down by the security guard.

He reported seeing a man drop a gun near the intersection of Chauncy St. and Summer St.

The guard provided police with a detailed description of the suspect, including his blue top and the direction in which he fled.

Officers quickly located the suspect, identified as Matiop Ayuel, 39, in front of 85 Bedford St.

During the investigation, officers found a black semi-automatic Walther PPS .40 caliber firearm concealed in Ayuel’s pants.

The weapon was loaded with one magazine containing five rounds of ammunition.

Ayuel was taken into custody without incident and is expected to face charges at Boston Municipal Court for carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and carrying a loaded firearm without a license.

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