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YORKVILLE — A Racine man is facing charges after allegedly threatening to kill his coworkers at a Yorkville plant.

Nino Valle, 23, of the 400 block of Three Mile Road, is charged with felony counts of terrorist threats and solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide and misdemeanor counts of computer message, threatening injury or harm and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

At approximately 8:12 p.m. Thursday, Racine County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Cordstrap USA Inc., 2000 S. Sylvania Ave., regarding a male suspect, identified as Nino Valle, who allegedly threatened to stab and shoot plant employees.

Deputies made contact with Valle as he was riding his bicycle into work and subsequently handcuffed him. A search by deputies of Valle turned up a large sum of money equaling $2,006.

A sergeant went inside the building and spoke with the complainant, who stated that he and three other Cordstrap employees witnessed Valle making threats earlier in the evening.

The first witness, Valle’s supervisor, said he and Valle have their differences, and he used to drive Valle to work, but stopped because Valle allegedly refused to leave his drugs at home. The witness said Valle’s attitude got worse about two months ago, when Valle reportedly relapsed on drugs and alcohol.

Another witness said Valle allegedly made sexual comments toward her since she started working at Cordstrap. She reportedly told her supervisor, but nothing was done about the situation. She said Valle also approached her and asked if she would kill a coworker for $2,000. The witness also said Valle threatened to kill everyone who works at Cordstrap on May 1. She reported the threats to a supervisor.

A third witness observed an argument between Valle and the first witness, during which Valle reportedly made threatening remarks. He also said Valle offered to pay to kill the first witness and said “Lotta people gonna get stabbed and shot come May 1st! Three people off the top of my head! Bang! Bang!”

The witness also showed law enforcement a text message in which Valle said he saw the witness recording him at work and told the witness he had “a lot of nerve.”

The complainant said he was having a conversation with the first witness in his office due to him feeling unsafe and Valle reportedly knocked on the door and called the first witness names. Valle continued talking, saying he was happy the plant is “shutting down” and when May 1 comes, people will pay for what they did.

Company shutting down production

In late February it was announced that Cordstrap USA is moving all production out of its facility in the GrandView Business Park in Yorkville, resulting in 36 layoffs by June 1.

During Valle’s initial appearance on Friday, his bond was set at $25,000, online records show. It was unclear whether Valle remained in custody as of Friday evening.

Valle’s next appearance is a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 14 at the county Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., Racine.

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