A Racine boy was charged as an adult after police discovered him operating an illegal street gambling operation, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Dontreill Davis, 17, of, Racine, was charged by the Racine County District  Attorney’s Office with obstructing an officer, four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, and disorderly conduct. If convicted of all charges, Davis faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison and/or fined up to $51,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police were called to a report of drug activity happening in an alley in the 1500 block of South Memorial Drive on Saturday, June 27, but it turned out to be people engaged in the illegal street gambling.

Officers found Davis and about 14 other people crouched down in the alley. When police approached the group they yelled for them to stop, but the group broke up and started running. Racine Police detained a 22-year-old man that told police he was looking at a car that he thought was for sale. When police arrested Davis, he had a set of dice in his hand and $500.

Davis told police his mom had given him the money to buy an outfit for the Fourth of July, that his outfit is expensive and the officer wouldn’t know anything about expensive clothes. He denied gambling and said he had the dice because he likes them. The arresting officer, who worked at the COP house in the area, knew that Davis was a member of a street gang, that he was known as “Dirty P” and that he was out on bond on two criminal cases.

A $5,450 bail amount has been set for Davis, who is being held on a probation hold at the Racine County Jail for absconding. A pre-trial conference has been set for 3:15 p.m. July 30.

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