A Racine man is accused of punching a middle school student and threatening to get a gun after he believed the boy stole shoes from the school locker room.

Eugene Taylor is charged with child abuse, disorderly conduct and possession of narcotic drugs for the Monday incident outside Starbuck Middle School, 1516 Ohio St.

Racine Police were sent to the school at 5:26 p.m, for a report of a man armed with a gun assaulting a child.  Police found Taylor near the north entry to the school, according to the criminal complaint.

The 14-year-old boy told police he had been struck by a “grown man.” The boy said he was at the school for basketball practice, and when he and two others walked outside, they were approached by Taylor and his son. He said the son pointed at him and said “he’s the one who took my shoes.”

The boy told police that Taylor had been sending him Facebook messages accusing him of stealing shoes. The boy denied taking the shoes, and said that Taylor’s son pushed him when he tried to walk past. The boy said he pushed back, with an “open hand to the side of the head,” and said Taylor then punched his nose and said “let me go get my gun.”

The boy said he then fled back toward the school.

Police found oxycodone pills in Taylor’s possession, according to the complaint.

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