A 22-year-old Racine man faces four criminal charges after Mount Pleasant police responded to a report of a fight Monday night.

Justin E. Sosa was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony count of making a threat to a law enforcement officer, two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer.

The felony charge carries a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison. The misdemeanors carry a total fine of $12,000 and a year in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint: Mount Pleasant police responded to the 3200 block of Coolidge Avenue for a report of a fight between several males. One, later identified as Sosa, was argumentative and did not want to answer the officers’ questions.

At one point, he became more agitated, began pacing around the street and was yelling profanities. Police spoke to two witnesses, who stated they had been drinking with Sosa when he started to “act really weird.” They said he was inside the house yelling and trying to start fights; and eventually was taken outside, where the yelling and arguing continued until police were called.

When police tried to take Sosa into custody, he allegedly resisted and was taken to the ground. While officers waited for a rescue squad to arrive, he continued his verbal assault. At the hospital, police reported that yelled at every person he passed. He continued yelling obscenities at hospital staff.

At one point, Sosa made the shape of a gun with his hand, pointed it at one of the officers and made shooting noises four different times. He stated he was going to “slump” the officer, which the officer believed was referring to a physical attack.

Sosa made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Rex Davenport

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