NEW BEDFORD — New Bedford police have arrested an 18-year-old city man after detectives said he was found with an illegal handgun in a park on Saturday.

Police said earlier that day, organized crime detectives received information about a local man illegally possessing a pistol.

He was identified as Donnie Moniz of Rivet Street.


Later that evening, detectives saw Moniz standing with a group of other males in Monte’s park playground.

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After further investigation, the detectives learned that Moniz allegedly had a loaded 9mm Glock-19 handgun and 11 rounds of ammunition.

He was arrested without incident and charged with carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and unlawful possession of a high capacity feeding device.

In October, an 18-year-old New Bedford man named Donnie Moniz was arrested following a short chase in Fairhaven after he was allegedly involved in stealing a motorcycle out of Wareham.

Police did not immediately confirm if this is the same person.

Det. Nathan Goncalo and Det. Samuel Algarin-Mojica led the illegal firearm investigation.

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