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KENOSHA — A seven-hour standoff Tuesday outside a Kenosha duplex at 52nd Street and 24th Avenue began after Kenosha Police spotted a vehicle outside the building that was associated with a man they were seeking on battery and weapon charges.

The man, a 29-year-old Racine resident who was released from prison in April, was being investigated for battering a woman in a domestic violence incident, said Lt. James Beller.

According to Beller, police also had information that the man had a 9mm handgun, that he may be in possession of an assault rifle and that he had made statements that indicated he could be a danger to himself or others.

Police believed the man was in the apartment. But after a seven-hour standoff that lasted until 10 p.m. Tuesday, a technical response team entered the building and found he was not inside.

Police identified the man as Vernon Walker.

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Beller said Walker was later taken into custody at 12:49 a.m. during a traffic stop on the 4400 block of 30th Avenue. He was arrested without incident, Beller said.

Walker is in custody at Kenosha County Jail but has not yet been charged.

According to the jail roster, police are recommending charges of auto theft, battery-domestic violence, disorderly conduct, felon in possession of a firearm and operating a vehicle with a revoked driver’s license.

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