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Police divers search Nashua River, find stolen firearm; man charged

NASHUA – Nashua police arrested a man who allegedly threw a stolen firearm into the Nashua River, where it was found by police divers.

Police said they arrested Devonta Soto, 21, of 7 Forge Drive, on Thursday for resisting detention and resisting arrest. ...

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NASHUA – Nashua police arrested a man who allegedly threw a stolen firearm into the Nashua River, where it was found by police divers.

Police said they arrested Devonta Soto, 21, of 7 Forge Drive, on Thursday for resisting detention and resisting arrest.

The arrest came after information was received from the Bedford Police Department about a wanted person possibly being in a vehicle registered to a Nashua resident.

Patrol officers located the vehicle parked in the area of 121 Main St. at about 1 a.m.

Police said officers watched the vehicle and observed Soto reach into the vehicle and place what appeared to be a firearm in his waistband. Police said they “attempted to make contact with Soto; however, he ran from officers.”

He was later arrested on Water Street near the Nashua River, police said.

Members of the Nashua Police Underwater Recovery Unit searched the river on Thursday afternoon, looking for a stolen firearm. They found a weapon after about an hourlong search.

Police said Soto has a prior felony conviction, and that the firearm had been stolen during a burglary in Bedford.

Soto was charged with receiving stolen property (firearm), a Class A felony; being a convicted felon with a weapon, a Class B felony; falsifying physical evidence, a Class B felony; two counts of resisting arrest, Class A misdemeanors; and one count of resisting detention, a Class A misdemeanor.

A Class A felony is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, plus fines. A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, plus fines. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the County House of Corrections, plus fines.

Soto is being held at the Nashua Police Department on $50,000 cash bail pending his arraignment at Nashua district court.