Two Racine teenagers are facing charges in adult court after police say they broke into a southside home last August.
Alaya King, 15, and Darquice Davis, 16, were charged in Racine County Circuit Court Friday. King was charged with a single felony count of burglary as a party to a crime, and Davis was charged with one misdemeanor each of criminal trespass and attempted criminal trespass, both as a party to a crime, as well as disorderly conduct.
If convicted, King faces up to 12-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines. Davis faces up to 16-1/2 months in jail and/or up to $16,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers on August 15 were looking into a report in the 2200 block of Coolidge Avenue of two suspects pulling on vehicle doors. When police arrived in the area, a citizen flagged them down and said they saw two male subjects in the backyard of home in the 2800 block of Mitchell Street. One of the subjects was acting as a lookout while the other lifted the screen and a window.
Officers say when a marked squad was seen, both suspects hid behind the garage until the police car passed and then ran west on Mitchell toward Taylor Avenue. They were seen standing in the driveway of a home in the 2500 block of Taylor Avenue, and one of them – later identified as King – was pushing on a window. When police announced themselves and ordered the pair to get on the ground, King attempted to flee.
Davis had a pair of jeans balled up in his hand when he was taken into custody, and King was apprehended a short time later, the complaint reads.
Police say the occupants of the home said they fled out the front door when they heard King and Davis trying to gain entrance through the back. The residents/owners of both the Taylor Avenue and Mitchell Street homes told police they did not know King or Davis, and they wished to prosecute.
During questioning, Davis said he didn’t understand the Miranda Rights read to him and requested an attorney, according to the criminal complaint. Davis told officers that his caseworker advised him that he would be charged as an adult if he was involved in another case.
Officers say King did agree to answer questions, and he admitted he was the one who was actually breaking into the homes while Davis was the lookout. He also told Davis that because he admitted to being the one who actually did the breaking in, the charges wouldn’t be that serious.
King remains in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond and will next be in court Oct. 5 for his preliminary hearing. Davis is being held on a $1,000 cash bond will have his pre-trial conference on Oct. 21.