A check of a suspicious person at a Racine business led the the arrest of a 23-year-old Mount Pleasant man for obstructing an officer causing an injury.

Brent L. Ruffin, who was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Friday,  faces a potential fine of $10,000 and six years in prison if he’s convicted.

According to the complaint:
Police responded to Christiano’s Supermarket, 2054 Kearney Ave., at 10:17 p.m. April 5, where they found the defendant, who attempted to leave the scene. A foot chase ensued, and as police attempted to take Ruffin into custody, one of the officers lost his footing and struck his knee on the concrete.

That officer later received medical attention for his injury.

A store employee told police he observed Ruffin standing near the cash register with his identity concealed, which made him fear for his safety and to call police. A fake firearm was located in Ruffin’s front hoodie pocket.

Ruffin is due back in Racine County Circuit Court April 11 for a 9 a.m. preliminary hearing.

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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.