Nathaniel Christian

A Racine teen is being held on a $1,000 cash bond and is in jail after his parents found a shotgun and 43 unfired shotgun shells on their property, which he admitted he stole.

Nathaniel Christian, 17, of Racine, was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18, criminal damage to property, domestic abuse assessments, and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse assessments.

If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 21 months in prison and/or fines up to $21,200.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department were called Thursday to a home for a family trouble call. Christian’s parents told police that he had become a problem and they were verbally fighting. Prior to the call, he told his parents that he knew people who would “rob the house.” When the house had been broken into and items came up missing, Christian told his mom that “he and a friend had stolen a gun,” but he got rid of it.

Worried, his parents started looking for it. In his room, they found a bag with two white pills and 43 unfired shotgun shells. They also found a shotgun in a tree house on the property underneath some blankets. His parents told police they were worried about Christian and “scared of him.”

On Saturday, officers were called again to the home because Christian had grabbed his father by the neck and pushed him out of the bathroom during an argument.

During an interview with police on Sunday, Christian told them the shotgun wasn’t his and he was “holding it for a friend.” He denied telling his mother that he stole the gun.

Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelac set a cash bond of $1,000. Christian is expected to appear for a pre-trial conference at 3:15 p.m. March 8.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.