Pair arrested on suspicion of conspiracy
Two Porterville residents are in jail after one allegedly helped hide the identity of the other, who later violently resisted arrest, injuring an officer in the process.
The incident happened just before 11 p.m. Tuesday night in the 300 block of North Westside Street. The Porterville Police Department reports that an officer conducted a traffic stop on a car and contacted the driver, identified as 20-year-old Baren Sania. Officers also contacted a male passenger, later identified as 22-year-old Jeremy Johnson, who provided a false name and eventually fled.
Police say Sania knew who Johnson was and helped conceal his identity before he fled.
Sania was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and during a search, she was found to be in possession of marijuana. She was later booked into the Tulare County Jail on an additional charge of possession of concentrated cannabis.
Police say Johnson had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
At 5:22 p.m. Wednesday, officers went to a home in the 2000 block of West Della Avenue in an attempt to locate Johnson. Police say officers found Johnson hiding in a closet and when they tried to apprehend him, he violently resisted, forcing officers to tase him.