2nd man charged in shotgun robbery

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Lequan Byles shotgun
Lequan Byles

A second man has been charged for his role in a June 23 robbery of a shotgun in Racine.

Lequan T. Byles, 37, Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with felony counts of burglary, robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, Byles, who is in custody and made his initial appearance Monday, faces a total fine of $125,000 and 40 years in prison.

Isaiah J. McGlorn, 19, Mount Pleasant, was charged earlier this summer with a felony count of robbery as a party to a crime. McGlorn is scheduled for a status conference Sept. 25.

According to the criminal complaint:

A man told officers with the Racine Police Department that he had moved a shotgun, which was in a case, from his car to the basement of his residence June 23. Because of the shape and the case, he told police that it would be very evident to onlookers that it was a long gun.

Later in the evening, the man said he heard two people talking about the gun from outside his window. He went to the basement and heard two unknown males enter the open door. When the victim emerged with
the gun, one of the men allegedly took it.

As both men held the gun, the victim was shoved back and struck in the abdomen. The suspect was able to get the gun from the victim, and both men took off westbound through yards.

The victim stated that he and his brother were able to locate the suspects, but they observed the men reach at their waistband as if they were going to produce a weapon. So they decided to leave. McGlorn was identified by the victim in a police lineup as the person who was holding the door open during the robbery.

Both the victim and his mother identified Byles as the other suspect in the robbery.

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