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Porterville man arrested after allegedly attempting to hide firearm in store display

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Posted at 9:14 AM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 12:40:57-05

PORTERVILLE, Calif. — A Porterville man was arrested after allegedly attempting to hide a firearm in a store display.

According to Porterville PD, on December 11 around 11 a.m., detectives attempted to contact Ralph Leon Wilson, 52, of Porterville in the 200 block of South Leggett Street. Porterville PD says Wilson entered a nearby business and was witnessed by police removing a firearm from his waistband and attempting to hide it atop a display inside of the store.

Wilson was taken into custody without incident. Porterville PD says the firearm was located and found to be loaded. During the subsequent interview, Porterville PD says Wilson admitted to having possessed the firearm as a felon. He was booked into the custody of the Tulare County Sheriff for possession of a concealed loaded firearm, possession of a loaded firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.