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A “no knock” search warrant executed early Tuesday morning ended with a 38-year-old man wanted in three different criminal cases being taken into custody.

Officers with the Racine Police Department Special Investigations Unit and the SWAT Team arrested Raymond F. Ellison Sr. inside a residence at 2022 Slauson Ave.

Ellison had two outstanding warrants for his arrest and also was wanted for a pursuit May 1. He is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $17,070 cash bond.

Police on Tuesday morning found Ellison in a bathroom, where they believed his was trying to flush or did flush controlled substances down the toilet. Police also found a clear sandwich baggie and a blunt wrapper nearby, along with keys to a Jeep in the garage they believed had been used in the pursuit last week.

Officers found a baggie that contained 3.35 grams of marijuana in the toilet trap and also seized nearly $600 from the defendant. He was charged Wednesday with a felony count of possession of marijuana, which carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison.

Also Wednesday, Ellison was charged with two felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and one felony count of attempting to flee an officer, which carry a total fine of $60,000 and 28 years, six months in prison.

According to the criminal complaint in that case:

Officers were involved in an operation to attempt and take Ellison into custody when they saw him entering a vehicle in the 4000 block of Erie Street. A traffic stop was attempted on Three Mile Road at LaSalle Street.

Ellison stopped the vehicle, but as officers approached, drove away, which led to a pursuit. The complaint states that five to six vehicles passed Ellison as he drove on the wrong side of the road and one had to swerve to avoid a collision. The pursuit was terminated, and
officers observed as Ellison continued north on Douglas Avenue from Five Mile Road.

In two other cases filed earlier this week, Ellison is charged with two felony counts of strangulation and suffocation, two felony counts of physical abuse of a child and misdemeanor counts of knowingly violating a domestic abuse injunction and disorderly conduct in one case.

Each of the felonies carries a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison, while the misdemeanors carry a fine of $11,000 and a year in the county jail.

In the other case filed Tuesday, Ellison is charged with misdemeanor counts of using a computer message to threaten injury or harm and disorderly conduct. Both carry a fine of $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

According to the criminal complaint in the first case:

The police were dispatched to a residence March 16 for a report of a physical altercation between the defendant and two juvenile females. Because of a court-issued injunction, the defendant was not allowed in the residence.

One of the females stated the defendant suffocated her, and when she began kicking him, he put a lot of pressure on her neck and shouted, “I’ll snap your neck if you kick me again.” After about 20 seconds, the defendant let the juvenile go, but when she tried to call 911, he took the phone and grabbed her braids on the left side of her head.

The other female allegedly intervened, and the defendant forced the front of her face into the couch cushion, which restricted her breathing.

Ellison is due back in court in that case for a preliminary hearing May 16 at 8:30 a.m.

According to the criminal complaint in the second case:

Police in January were dispatched to a residence for a report of a person making threats. The victim told police Ellison was threatening her via Facebook Live. He reportedly stated, “I will shoot up your house and blow your head off.”

Officers watched the Facebook feed and heard Ellison state, “You are gonna need the Racine Police Department. I’m gonna load these guns up. I will blow off with this metal I got. I don’t care about going back to the pen.”

Ellison is due back in court for a pre-trial conference June 6 at 3:15 p.m.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.