A 17-year-old Racine man faces a felony charge of armed robbery with the use of force after an incident Sunday.

The Racine County District Attorney’s Office charged Timothy J. Burnette Jr. on Monday. The crime carries a fine of $50,000 and 15 years in prison.

Burnette was in police custody Monday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint:

An officer with the Racine Police Department responded to a city residence for a report of a robbery. They spoke with a male, who stated that he and some friends were hanging out at Jerstad-Agerholm Elementary School when they were approached by a group of individuals.

One of the individuals, later identified as the defendant, allegedly said, “Straight up, you got any money or phones on you?” He then attempted to take the victim’s backpack and was able to get away with some money and a bag of chips.

While that was happening, another male went through the pockets of the victim’s friends. When the victim told the defendant to stop, Burnette allegedly pulled out a BB gun and struck the victim in the back of the head.

Police later found Burnette, who said: “Whatever they told Y’all is what happened.”

The defendant made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon.

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