Racine police say a 24-year-old Milwaukee woman waived a silver handgun in the air to try and intimidate a man with whom she was in an argument.

Laquita Norton was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted, she faces up to a year in prison and/or up to $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 2:53 p.m. Tuesday to the 2400 block of Northwestern Avenue for a report of a woman wearing a white tank top and black shorts with a silver gun. When officers arrived, they did not observe anyone with a gun but took four women standing near a brown car into custody for safety.

Police say they spoke with a man who said Norton is related to his children’s mother and when they got into an argument, Norton pulled out the gun and started waving it around. Officers removed two children from the car and returned them to their dad before searching the brown car and finding the gun in the trunk.

Norton was transported to the Racine County Jail and agreed to answer questions, the complaint reads. She told officers that she traveled to Racine after learning that her relative and the man had gotten into an argument. During her visit, she planned to beat the man up to protect her family.

Norton remains in the Racine County Jail on a $250 cash bond and will next be in court August 27 for her pre-trial conference.

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