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Racine police say two men were arrested Saturday before the 4th of July parade got started after they received calls of someone with a gun in the vicinity of High and Main Streets.

Gregory Tirado, 27, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of bail jumping and one misdemeanor count each of disorderly conduct and obstruction. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison and/or up to $21,000 in fines. Because Tirado’s charges are tagged as repeat offenses, the judge who sentences him has the discretion to tack on extra time.

Samuel Bruno, 19, also of Racine, was also charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court. He faces one felony count each of marijuana possession and possession of narcotic drugs, both as second or subsequent offenses. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaints against them, police were called around 10:45 a.m. Saturday for a report of an Hispanic male wearing an orange shirt who flashed a gun. When police arrived in the area, officers identified Tirado as wearing an orange shirt, and that Bruno also fit the description given over the radio even though he was wearing a silver and purple shirt.

Police say both Tirado and Bruno ran from police and ended up in the same house. Officers saw three people in the kitchen of the home, one of whom was Tirado. This defendant closed the door on an officer’s foot and refused to open the door despite commands to do so. Because they believed he was armed and possibly dangerous, police kicked in the back door and took Tirado into custody.

At the same time, officers caught a glimpse of another individual hurry through the home to a back bedroom, the complaint reads. This person turned out to be Bruno.

Two witnesses said Tirado did not have a gun and that people across the street were trying to stir up trouble, and Tirado said he’d just been outside sitting with his kids. A family member indicated there might be retaliation and told officers they would have to “agree to disagree” when police advised them to just let the incident go.

According to Bruno’s criminal complaint, he fled from police when officers arrived to answer the call about a man with gun. A witness told law enforcement that an Hispanic male wearing a silver and purple shirt had been seen exiting a home in the 1900 block of Main Street from a side window.

As Bruno ran past the witness, he said, “I’m innocent,” the complaint reads.

Officers say they caught up to Bruno and took him into custody. During a search of his person they found 33 grams of marijuana, $360 in cash and three prescription medicine bottles containing promethazine with codeine syrup. Bruno also had warrants for his arrest out of both Mount Pleasant and the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

Both Tirado and Bruno remain in the Racine County Jail; Tirado on a $5,000 cash bond and Bruno on $1,000 cash bond. Tirado’s next court date is July 15 for a preliminary hearing, and Bruno is scheduled for a July 16 preliminary hearing.


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