A woman gave Racine Police a towel concealing guns belonging to two men she said threatened to kill her, according to court records.

Joseph Delacruz, 37, and Teevun Thomas, 23, are charged with disorderly conduct, battery, possession of a firearm by a felon and recklessly endangering safety while using a dangerous weapon. They were arrested Thursday, and made their initial appearances on the charges on Monday.

The criminal complaint states that police went to the 1500 block of Packard Avenue for a report of two men armed with handguns. Police saw two men run into a home, and officers then set up a perimeter.

A woman came out of the house and told police she had nine children in the house when the men went inside to hide. She said she had their guns hidden.

The two men came outside, and were taken into custody.

When officers went into the house, the woman gave them a towel that contained two .40-caliber firearms.

People in the home told police the men came inside looking for someone they believed had stolen $500 from one of their pockets. That person told police that Delacruz had earlier threatened to kill her, and pushed a gun against her ear.

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