STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) -- The man who shot cellphone video of Eric Garner's arrest by chokehold has been arrested on weapons charges, police said.
Ramsey Orta, 22, was arrested Saturday night after members of the Staten Island Narcotics Module were conducting an investigation near the Hotel Richmond on Central Avenue.
Police say they witnessed Orta talking to a 17-year-old woman in the area of Bay Street and Victory Boulevard.
They then witnessed the two walk to the hotel and leave a few minutes later.
When the officers questioned the two, they noticed Orta slip something into the waistband of the woman.
Authorities recovered an unloaded .25 caliber Norton semi-automatic gun, which was reported stolen in 2007 in Michigan.
Orta was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
Orta's family tells PIX11 they believe he was set up.
The arrest was Orta's second for a firearm. He has previously been convicted of weapons possession, police said.
Police also arrested 17-year-old Alba Lekaj and charged her with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Chrissie Ortiz, Orta's girlfriend says the police have been watching him since he released the video of Eric Garner's death.
"Because they want him, of course they offer her a plea deal," said Ortiz. "She's gonna say whatever you want.
According to Ortiz, Orta had a nervous breakdown and is now on suicide watch at a hospital.
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said, "the arrest of Ramsey for criminal possession of a firearm only underscores the danger that police officers respond to in a chronic crime condition in that community. It is criminal's like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand to benefit the most from demonize the good work of police officers."
Reverend Al Sharpton says attacking Orta's credibility doesn't change anything.
"The tape speaks for itself," Sharpton said.
Sharpton has called for police officer Daniel Pantaleo to be arrested saying he used excessive force on Eric Garner by placing him in a chokehold.
The medical examiner ruled last week that Garner died in part from a neck compression injury.