Two men were charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office this week following an armed robbery that led to a home being raided during the arrest where a child was present.
Akeem First, 21, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with armed robbery, felony intimidation of a victim and obstructing a police officer. If convicted of all charges, First faces up to 50 years nine months in prison and/or fined up to $135,000.
In a separate but related incident, Plaze Anderson, 19, of Milwaukee, was charged with six counts of felony bail jumping, obstructing an officer, and child neglect. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 37 years six months in prison and/or fined up to $80,000.
DA: First robbed man at gunpoint
According to the criminal complaint, First robbed a man at gunpoint at 8:41 p.m. Sept. 1 at Burlington Coat Factory, 5700 Durand Ave., in the parking lot. He took the items a man had just bought at the store. First knew the man and “had an issue” with one of his friends.
Prior to the robbery, the man called his friend and let First talk to him. But the conversation turned into an argument. The two were standing at the entrance to the store when the man set his bags on the ground. While exiting, the man saw another man, Mydrell Smith, outside. Smith took his shirt off and challenged the man to a fight. During the confrontation, First took off with the man’s bags.
Mydrell handed First a gun. The semi-automatic handgun had an extended magazine. Seeing the gun, the man said it wasn’t worth his life to get his bags back and he started to walk back to his car. The man’s girlfriend and a three-year-old child were in the car as First followed him. First then pointed the gun at the man. He told First he was just getting into the car to leave.
First and Smith got back into Smith’s father’s car. Mack Smith was driving his son and First at the time. They drove around the car the man was in several times to see if they would call the police. Once they left, the man reported the incident. He told police “he is sick of being a victim and would like something to be done to these individuals.”
Mydrell was charged in October.
On Oct. 16, Mydrell threatened the man at his girlfriend’s house. During the incident, officers were patrolling the area and the two left the area to avoid being arrested. Mydrell’s mother also threatened and cussed at the man for her car being towed.
On Nov. 13, officers tried to take First into custody after they received information that he was hiding out in a multi-family home in the 1900 block of Jay Eye See Avenue. When police arrived, they saw First walking outside with a small child. He ran inside the home, leaving the child behind alone outside. Investigators got the child to safety and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the home.
Surrounding the home, they saw the blinds move and people looking out the window from the second floor. Police breached the door and went to a second-floor unit. They ordered First to come out of the apartment. He then came out of the apartment and was taken into custody. When searching the home, investigators found 173 grams of marijuana, signs of marijuana use and distribution, three cell phones and packaging material.
First is being held on a $5,000 cash bond.
DA: Anderson charged with child neglect
Anderson lived in the unit where First was found. When police entered the home, Anderson opened the door when they announced their presence. A two-year-old child was inside sitting on the couch. Anderson later told police that he had been sleeping while watching the child and didn’t know that First had run into the building.
The child had access to cleaning supplies and an open second-floor patio door that had an interior patio porch. A screen on the patio had been cut open and the child could have fallen to the ground from the second floor. Anderson was out on bond for three pending cases.
Anderson is being held on a $1,000 cash bond.
A preliminary hearing for both men has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22.