Racine police say a 20-year-old man with a warrant for his arrest tried to escape arrest, but the chase ended when he couldn’t clear a fence and tried to hide in a backyard.
Antonio Rhinehouse was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of obstruction, repeater. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were advised Friday that a warrant had been issued for Rhinehouse’s arrest for a misdemeanor theft charge filed last January. When police spotted the defendant walking in the 1000 block of Center Street, they attempted to step out with him, but Rhinehouse took off instead.
Police say they established a permiter and broadcast a description of the defendant. Officers went after the Rhinehouse and saw him running toward a known address on 10th Street. Despite yelling several times for Rhinehouse to stop, the defendant attempted to jump a fence, but when he couldn’t clear it, he tried to hide in the backyard of a residence.
Officers spotted Rhinehouse and ordered him to come out with his hands up, and it appeared he would comply, the complaint reads, but he tried to run again. Police took him into custody a short time later a block away, in the 900 block of Center Street.
Rhinehouse did complain of shortness of breath so rescue was called, and he was treated at the scene by Racine Fire Department before being transported to the Racine County Jail.
The defendant had his initial appearance Monday for both the theft charge ($200 cash bond) and the obstruction charge ($100 cash bond). He will next be in court June 4 on both charges.