Racine police say two men are facing armed robbery charges after they helped lure a Kenosha man to Racine and then robbed him by gunpoint.
Darquis Byers, 20, and Ricardo Perez, 24, were charged in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of armed robbery with use of force, party to a crime. If they are convicted, they could each face up to 40 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, a Kenosha man told police he met a woman on the Plenty of Fish dating site, and she asked him to come to Racine Aug. 20 so they could meet. When the man arrived at the address he was given, he was approached by two men later identified as Byers and Perez. One of them displayed a gun and demanded the man’s cell phone before fleeing into a nearby home.
Police say when they knocked on the door of the home, Byers consented to a search. Officers located a black, BB gun and the man’s cell phone. During their investigation, officers questioned a 16-year-old girl who said she was at Byers’ home while she was texting with the Kenosha man when Perez took her phone to send a text to the man asking him to come to Racine.
The girl told police that both defendants put on hooded sweatshirts and went outside, returning a few minutes later and saying, “they got him.” Both Byers and Perez denied being involved in a robbery, the complaint reads, but the man identified both in a photo lineup. While he was being transported to jail, Byers asked officers how much time armed robbery convictions carry and if he’s facing a prison sentence.
Both Byers and Perez remain in the Racine County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond each. They will be back in court Aug. 31 for their preliminary hearings.