RACINE — A Racine man has been charged with a total of eight charges in connection with an investigation of suspicious activities Thursday night in the 500 block of State Street and at Racine Riverside Marina.
Edward A. Kraemer, of the 2000 block of DeKoven Avenue, was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Friday with misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer, resisting an officer, theft, criminal trespass and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 11:15 p.m. Thursday, a police officer was called to 542 State St., where a witness reported that a white male in a dark hoodie had been pulling on vehicle door handles near Second Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The witness said the man had also tried entering the apartment complex by inputting different number combinations into the keypad and pulling on the door handle. The witness then called 911.
Another witness said he checked on his vehicle and found it had been rummaged through and that his cellphone car charger was missing. The owner had apparently left the vehicle unlocked.
In searching the marina, an officer reported seeing a white man, later identified as Kraemer, wearing a dark hoodie. The officer pointed his gun toward Kraemer and ordered him to show his hands.
Kraemer reportedly ran, tried to climb a fence along Erie Street but fell to the ground and then tried to run again. Another officer deployed her Taser, and Kraemer fell to the ground but continued to resist the officers and refused to remove his hands from underneath his body.
When he was in custody, police reportedly found a large pocket knife, a small pocket knife and a cellphone car charger.
Court records show that Kraemer has a pending case for hit-and-run of an attended vehicle. On Dec. 21, 2016, he was released on bond, and that bond was in force since then. Because a condition of that bond was to not commit any more crimes, the new incident resulted in four charges of misdemeanor bail jumping.
According to online records, Kraemer was being held in the Racine County Jail as of Friday afternoon. He is due back in court at 2 p.m. Tuesday.