RACINE — A Racine teen faces charges for a string of shootings over the past few months and an armed robbery the day before Thanksgiving.
Tihler B. Townes, 19, of the 1200 block of Racine Street, is charged with three counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, stalking, armed robbery with use of force and two counts of attempted first-degree homicide, all felonies.
He is also charged with four misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property, three counts of discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a building, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting or obstructing an officer.
According to the criminal complaint:
Townes was described by several victims to be the perpetrator of multiple reports of shots fired in Racine between Sept. 30 and Nov. 22. He also allegedly admitted to police his involvement in additional shootings.
Townes is one of three alleged perpetrators in an armed robbery on Nov. 22 in which a victim was shot outside of JoJo’s Quick Mart, 4303 16th St. As the victim was sitting in a car outside the store, three men — Townes and two others — allegedly ran up to the car. Townes and one other suspect began punching and beating the victim. The men then reportedly robbed the victim of cash and his cell phone before the victim freed himself from the attackers and started running north, into the street. As he was running away, one of the other suspects reportedly shot the victim, striking him in the back.
Townes allegedly told police that one of the other suspects was tipped off that the victim would be carrying a large amount of cash while he was at the Quick Mart. The other two suspects involved in the armed robbery have not yet been charged, according to online records.
Rival gang dispute
Townes reportedly admitted that on Nov. 6, he shot at a man from a rival gang from his mother’s van as their two vehicles passed one another near 13th and Franklin streets. Townes’ girlfriend and her children were reportedly in the car at the time.
Townes also is alleged to have shot at Dontrell King in the 1200 block of Highland Street on Oct. 30, after he and King got into an argument. Later that night, King reportedly shot at Townes and his girlfriend — in the 1200 block of Racine Street — while her four children were in the car. King was charged last month in connection to that incident.
The girlfriend initially told police that only she and her children were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, but later contacted police saying Townes was with her at the time. She said she was originally untruthful because she feared for her life.
Townes reportedly told her, “If you say my name, I’ll kill you. Go back, call the police and get him locked up. Don’t mention my name.”
The girlfriend allegedly told police that Townes had threatened her with a gun more than 30 times during their two-month relationship and had beaten her more than 20 times, she said.
Townes was also allegedly involved in a shooting on Nov. 7, in which he reportedly admitted to emptying a magazine into a group of people in the 1100 block of Metron Court because he thought King was in the crowd.
According to a neighbor, he also shot at a car at DeKoven Avenue and Howe Street on Sept. 30.
On Nov. 14, Townes allegedly shot at a vehicle belonging to another victim, in the 1900 block of Howe Street.
According to a press release from the Racine Police Department, Townes is also a suspect in incidents that occurred at 21st and Center streets, 13th and Highland streets and 13th Street and Grand Avenue.
Townes was arrested after being questioned by the Racine Police Department.
As of Thursday afternoon, Townes was still in custody on a $250,000 cash bond, online records show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.