A Porterville man accused of altering a BB gun to replicate an actual firearm and having live ammunition has been arrested.

Jaime Ortiz, 38 of Porterville, was arrested after a traffic stop by Porterville Police on Friday. At about 9:10 p.m. Friday, Porterville Police attempted to stop Ortiz on his bicycle in the 200 block of South Main.

Ortiz dismounted his bicycle and tried to flee on foot while discarding what appeared to be an actual firearm. Ortiz was quickly apprehended without further incident at which time the suspected firearm was collected and was determined to be a BB gun that was altered to replicate an actual firearm. 

Officers also found that imitation firearm had a magazine inserted that contained live ammunition. Ortiz was evaluated and determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Ortiz was also found to be a convicted felon, who was prohibited from possessing ammunition. 

Ortiz was later booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department South County Detention Facility where he’s being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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