A 23-year-old Racine man wanted for a robbery last month was arrested Sunday in Racine and he now faces several criminal charges.
Stephen J. Brandon Jr. was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony charge of robbery with the use of force, which carries a fine of $50,000 and 15 years in prison. He was also charged with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and misdemeanor battery, which carry a total fine of $11,000 and a year in county jail.
Brandon Jr. is being held on a $1,500 cash bond.
Brandon, who is in custody, made his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
According to the criminal complaint:
Officers with the Racine Police Department responded to a city residence June 18 for a report of a robbery. Police spoke to the victim, who stated he was sitting on his porch when he was approached by Brandon and three other unknown males.
An altercation ensued and the victim was struck in the face by a punch from Brandon. The victim stated he fell backward and Brandon and others from the group continued to punch and kick him. At one point, Brandon took the victim’s two cell phones, and another suspect took $60 from his back pants pocket.
A video of the assault and robbery was posted on Facebook. Police on July 14 responded to the victim’s residence, where he was shown a photo lineup, and he was able to positively identify the defendant, who was located and arrested Sunday.
A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.
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