Racine police say a 21-year-old Racine man robbed a man at gunpoint and fired at the victim’s car hours after he made a court appearance on drug charges.
Onanis Roach was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with multiple felonies: armed robbery; possession of a firearm by a felon; bail jumping; and two counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted, he faces up to 81 years in prison and/or up to $185,000 in fines.
The defendant remains in the Racine County Jail with a $15,000 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 11:06 p.m. by a man who said he’d just been robbed at gunpoint and had followed the suspect vehicle to 21st and Howe Streets. The man said he was leaving the house when he saw another man – later identified as Roach – well dressed in brown clothing. As the man was getting into his car in the 300 block of 10th Street, Roach approached him and stuck something in his side and demanded money.
Police say the man put his cash and debit card on the roof of the car. Roach grabbed both and ran toward 10th Street and College Avenue, getting into a gold car that drove away. The man got in his car and started following the gold car, phoning the police to keep officers updated on his location.
While the man followed the gold car, Roach shot at him several times out the passenger window before the gold car came suddenly to a stop at 21st and Howe, the complaint reads. Roach fled the scene, but the female driver stayed on scene, and police discovered a baby in the backseat.
Officers say witnesses told them Roach had just been to court that morning and the defendant told the woman to drive him to 10th Street. After he got back into the car and noticed the car following behind them, Roach fired several times out the passenger window of the car.
Police later located a bullet hole in the woman’s car that was inches from where the baby’s head would have been resting in its carseat, dents in the victim’s car from the bullets, and one hole in the man’s windshield on the passenger side that passed through the car and exited out the rear window.
Roach’s next court date in his drug case is March 11, and his preliminary hearing on the armed robbery charges is March 12.
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