DA: Racine man sparks tactical response after he wouldn’t let women leave

Garrett Walker tactical response

A Racine man, who held three women against their will, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office Wednesday.

Garrett Walker, 30, was charged with three counts of false imprisonment, disorderly conduct and obstructing a police officer. If convicted of all charges, Walker faces up to 31 years in prison and/or fines up to $41,000.

Walker allegedly kept women from leaving

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Racine Police Department responded to a report of a man with a gun holding three people against their will at 4:07 a.m. Tuesday at a residence at 1123 Metron Ct.

Officers set up a perimeter around the house. Hearing several loud voices from inside the home, several women tried to leave the home but Walker prevented them from exiting. Police commanded walker to show them his hands. He shoved the three women out of the house and slammed the door.

Police forced their way into the home and arrested Walker.

One of the women told police that they had come to Walker’s home the previous day to drink. After being there for several hours, Walker displayed a handgun. He then put it away but started yelling at the group that he had lost it. Upset, the girls tried to leave several times but Walker grabbed them and pulled them back into the house. No one could leave until he found the gun, he told them.

Scared, one of the women called the police.

Another woman told police the same story, but she added that Walker took her keys. Police found them in Walker’s pocket.

Next appearance

Walker is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. March 13 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac.

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