Racine police say an 18-year-old man is in custody on misdemeanor resistance charges but officers think he might be connected to a series of shots fired reports in various Racine neighborhoods.
Floyd Cooper, of Racine, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines. Because he is considered a repeat offender, Cooper could have extra time tacked on to any sentence he might receive.
According to the criminal complaint, police at 1:52 p.m. Monday received an officer safety alert for a rental vehicle driven by Cooper seen in the vicinity of 20th and Mead Streets. Cooper does not have a valid driver’s license, so he should not have been driving a rental car, and because he was on probation – even with a valid license – he is not allowed to rent cars.
Officers on patrol say they saw Cooper near 16th and Grove and followed him north across Washington Avenue. In their report, police state Cooper has been known to be armed and is believed to be connected to several shots fired calls in the city.
After Cooper crossed Washington Avenue, police initiated a traffic stop. After he pulled over, officers ordered him to turn the car off and place his hands outside the vehicle, the complaint reads. Police approached with guns drawn as a precaution but holstered their weapons after they secured Cooper’s left hand. He was ordered to release his seat belt and to exit the car.
Police say there was a juvenile passenger in the car and that Cooper resisted and had to be assisted out of the car. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Racine County Jail where he remains on a $300 cash bond.
Cooper will next be in court April 28 for his pre-trial conference.