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By Denise Lockwood
A Racine man was charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm after he was found with an unloaded .22 rifle in October in Island Park.
Francisco M De Arce Ceteno, 26, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with possession of a firearm contrary to having an injunction. If convicted of the charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison and/or fined up to $25,000.
In court Wednesday, Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a cash bond of $2,000 for his release.
According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department responded to Island Park, 1700 Liberty St., October 23 for a report of a man with a gun.
The person that called in the incident said he saw a man pacing back and forth in the park with a gun. He described it a rifle, but that it could have been a BB gun. Sounding agitated, the dispatched noted that he seemed to be yelling at someone.
When the police arrived, they saw De Arce Ceteno near the tree line by the river. But he didn’t have a rifle. Rather he was talking on a cell phone. The officer drew his gun and told De Arce Ceteno to put his hands in the air.
The officer noticed a duffle bag at De Arce Ceteno’s feet and told him to step away from the duffle bag. De Arce Ceteno complied with the officer’s orders and the officer arrested him. Searching the duffle bag, the officer found a .22 caliber rifle that had an attachment scope. The gun was not loaded.
De Arce Ceteno, who is prohibited from possessing or purchasing a gun because of a domestic abuse injunction, told the officer that he was speaking with his father who lives in Milwaukee.
He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center.