A 16-year-old boy is facing adult felony charges after police say he robbed a northside store and knocked a woman to the ground to steal her purse while she exited a bar just days apart.
Carlos Gonzalez, of Racine, was charged Monday as an adult in Racine County Circuit Court with two felony counts of robbery with use of force and one misdemeanor count each of obstruction and battery. If convicted, he faces up to 31-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $120,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called Nov. 22 to Metro PCS in the 1600 block of Douglas Avenue for a report of a robbery. When officers arrived, a woman told them she was helping another customer who arrived with Gonzalez when the defendant starting behaving erratically. He paced the store and picked up a number of items and put them down before suddenly charging around the counter.
Police say Gonzalez shoved the woman to the ground and stole $800 from the register before fleeing on foot. The customer stayed behind and hugged the woman to be sure she was okay and cooperated with officers, telling them that he and Gonzalez rode bikes together to the store, but he had no idea Gonzalez was going to commit a robbery.
Then on Friday, Gonzalez and another woman are seen on surveillance video standing outside Rojo’s bar before they are seen grabbing a woman and pushing her to the ground. The pair also punch the woman and stole her purse, then ran away.
Gonzalez was apprehended along with the woman and two other suspects. He remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond and will next be in court Dec. 8 for a preliminary hearing.