Racine police say a 28-year-old man is facing marijuana possession charges after he ran from police and was identified as a suspect in the burglary of the Maxine’s bar.

Fernando Rangel, of Racine, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of marijuana possession and obstruction. If convicted, he faces up to 15 months in prison and/or up to $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to Maxine’s Bar, 835 Washington Avenue, for a report of an overnight burglary. When officers arrived, a man – later identified as Rangel – was exiting the building and when he caught sight of police, he turned to walk in the opposite direction.

Police say a woman pointed at Rangel and said, “That’s the guy,” and Rangel took off running. Officers were able to catch him and found just over three grams of marijuana on him as well as $172 in cash. Rangel admitted to buying the pot for $20 and said he ran because he had an active warrant but was going to turn himself in Tuesday.

Rangel remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond. He will next be in court July 28 for his pre-trial conference.

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