A Racine man is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint over $25 and shooting him in October in the 1600 block of Douglas Avenue, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Derrick Jamison Jr., 21, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with armed robbery, first-degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon, and obstructing a police officer. If convicted of all charges, Jamison Jr. could face up to 70 years nine months in prison and/or fined up to $220,000.
The man told police that he was walking behind an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Douglas Avenue when he was shot. Investigators found a .40 caliber bullet casing in the alley.
The man told police that he had been dropped off at 2 p.m. at the Chavez Center to play basketball with a friend. After they played basketball, the man went to smoke marijuana. But no one was home. Alone in a nearby apartment building, the man admitted to the officer that he didn’t know anyone there. But he saw Jamison Jr. standing outside the entrance in the parking lot.
Jamison Jr. waved the man down, asked him if he had any marijuana, and the man responded that he didn’t have any. Jamison Jr. told the man he lives behind the apartment building. The two walked back to the alley and Jamison Jr. told the man to “drop the money on the ground and empty his pockets.”
The man pleaded with Jamison Jr. saying that he didn’t really to rob him.
“It’s all I got,” the man told Jamison Jr. “I’m just trying to smoke some week, you’re going to shoot me over some weed?”
The man put $25 on the ground. The two were in a standoff. Jamison Jr. reached for the money and the man reached for Jamison Jr.’s gun. But as he reached for it, Jamison Jr. shot the man. The bullet went into his arm and out of his back. Later, the man was taken to Froedtert Medical Center for treatment.
Jamison Jr. fled the area on foot.
Investigators found that several area businesses had footage near the area and they were able to identify Jamison.
On Sunday night, officers arrested Jamison Jr.
Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set Jamison Jr.’s cash bond for $5,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for $5,000.