For Immediate Release
Niagra Falls Man Charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Josue Ortiz, 34, of Niagara Falls, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on December 23, 2015, the Niagara Falls Police Department was dispatched to a residence on Niagara Avenue. A resident living in the lower apartment told officers that she believed a resident living upstairs had a gun. It was further alleged in court that the defendant threatened to kill a neighbor.
Officers went upstairs and made contact with the defendant through a closed door. According to the complaint, officers asked Ortiz if he had a gun. The officers talked Ortiz into putting down the gun (a 12 gauge shotgun) and putting his hands up. Officers then placed the defendant handcuffs and secured the gun.
The complaint further states that Ortiz purchased the gun on December 22, 106 at a local sporting goods store.
The defendant made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and is being held pending the continuation of a detention hearing on February 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation by the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Bryan DalPorto and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Division.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.