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Portland Police Bureau arrest Joelle Bostick on March 31 in Oldtown/Chinatown neighborhood.

MCSO PHOTO - Joelle BostickA woman is behind bars after Portland police say she pointed a fake gun at two uniformed security guards posted near the Portland Saturday Market on Sunday, March 31.

A Central Precinct officer was patrolling near Skidmore Fountain, according to a news release, when she was flagged down and informed about a woman allegedly brandishing a gun "in a crowded area."

With back-up arriving, officers soon located a person matching the suspect's description at Southwest Second Avenue and Burnside Street.

"Officers challenged the suspect, but she was not cooperative," police say. "Officers were able to arrest her after a brief struggle."

Joelle Michelle Bostick was arrested on two counts of menacing as well as interfering with police, second-degree disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Police claim to have located a "realistic" BB pistol inside Bostick's bag. The gun was seized as evidence.

Bostick has four felony convictions, three misdemeanor convictions and 18 parole violations on her record, according to court documents. She was arrested for identity theft earlier this month.

PPB PHOTO - Police say they confiscated this replica firearm style BB gun on March 31 near Portland Saturday Market.

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