Crime

Deputy: Modesto bicyclist had loaded gun

A Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy arrested a man suspected of carrying a loaded handgun in his pants after he refused to be searched and wrestled with the deputy Thursday night. No injuries were reported.

The deputy spotted Valentino Ortiz, 40, of Modesto about 10:40 p.m. riding a bicycle in the 1300 block of Victoria Drive, just east of South Carpenter Road in west Modesto, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a sheriff's spokesman.

The bike did not have lights, so the deputy stopped Ortiz. Singh said the deputy noticed Ortiz was wearing baggy clothing and decided to search him as a precaution. Ortiz refused and walked away. The deputy caught up with and attempted to apprehend Ortiz.

Singh said Ortiz pushed the deputy and the men began to wrestle. Ortiz kept reaching for the front of his pants during the short struggle, Singh said, before the deputy handcuffed Ortiz. The deputy searched Ortiz and found a .38-caliber revolver in Ortiz's waistband, Singh said.

Ortiz was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed loaded firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia, Singh said. Ortiz was being held Saturday afternoon at the Stanislaus County Jail on $15,000 bail.

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