A Racine man was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Monday with a felony after he attempted to rob his ex-girlfriend of her prescription medication and pointed a gun at her.
Steven Berby, 20, was charged with a felony count of attempted armed robbery and a misdemeanor count of bail jumping. If convicted, Berby faces up to 20 years nine months in prison and/or fined up to $60,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Berby asked his ex-girlfriend for a ride to the pharmacy. When the two came out of the pharmacy, he yelled at the woman. Demanding that she give him her Xanax pills, Berby pointed a gun at her. The woman yelled at Berby. He put the handgun back into his waistband and the left the vehicle.
After taking two statements, Racine Police obtained a search warrant and the SWAT Team surrounded Berby’s apartment at 1841 Roosevelt Avenue. Investigators found an unloaded .22 caliber long rifle in Berby’s bedroom, a digital scale in the living room and an iPhone belonging to Berby’s brother. They questioned Berby about the attempted armed robbery, but he refused to answer questions.
A homicide happened near the apartments that same morning, but Berby did not know anything about that. He told police he was home about 1:30 a.m. The investigators took Berby into custody where he was transported to the Racine County Jail.
A digital scale, grinder, baggies and marijuana were found in the apartment, but Berby was not charged for possession of drug paraphernalia or marijuana.
Berby is being held on a $5,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.