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RACINE — A Racine man is facing criminal charges after reportedly carrying a gun and drugs into a school zone while running from police.

Kyler R. Murphy, 20, of the 2100 block of Erie Street is charged with felony possession with intent to deliver or manufacture marijuana, less than 200 grams, on or near a school; and misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon; violent crime in a school zone; resisting an officer; and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Thursday, two Racine Police Department officers saw Murphy walking in the 900 block of Romayne Avenue. They were aware he had a bench warrant issued for his arrest for failing to appear for a court case on Feb. 20. The officers stopped Murphy, who was allegedly aware of the warrant, and told him he was being taken into custody.

While Murphy’s hands were behind his back, he reportedly pulled away and ran south, across the street, entering Roosevelt Elementary School property, 915 Romayne Ave. Officers saw approximately 10 to 15 children playing at the school at the time. Murphy’s left hand was reportedly in his waistband, making the officers fear he might be armed.

The officers caught Murphy in a front yard in the 2400 block of Superior Street and ordered him to place both his hands under his body. After a short struggle, officers gained control of Murphy’s hands and handcuffed him.

On Murphy, officers allegedly found two cellphones, two smaller baggies and a large baggie with a green leafy substances later determined to be marijuana and a .22 revolver in Murphy’s inner right shorts pocket. The revolver reportedly had six live rounds in it.

Murphy has a bond hearing scheduled for March 20.


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