Acting on a tip that a convicted felon out on bail was carrying a weapon, Racine police stopped – and then arrested – Nicholas Folk on Wednesday.

Folk, 24, of Racine was taken into custody in the 2200 block of Prospect Street. That area, according to the criminal complaint filed in Racine County Circuit Court, is a high-crime area, with a large number of shots fired complaints and calls for service involving guns.

Working from the informant’s information, police stopped Folk. As officers approached him, they saw his hand frantically moving around in a pocket, as if he were trying to retrieve a weapon. One officer drew his gun and pointed it at Folk, demanding he put his hands in the air.

Folk reached into the pocket and pulled out a black handgun, and tossed it to the ground.

He is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and felony bail jumping. He has open charges for child abuse.

Folk is being held on $15,000 cash bond and will next be in court Sept. 30 for his preliminary hearing.

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