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Tihler Townes

RACINE — A 19-year-old man now faces multiple criminal charges in connection with several shots fired incidents and armed robberies in the Racine area. The accused is Tihler Townes.

Townes is being charged with the following crimes:

  • Stalking, domestic abuse assessments
  • Criminal damage to property (4 counts)
  • Discharge firearm within 100 yards of a building (3 counts)
  • Attempted first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon (2 counts)
  • First degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon (3 counts)
  • Armed robbery with use of force, as a party to a crime
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Obstructing an officer

A police investigation revealed that Townes was involved in multiple incidents of criminal activity between September 30th and November 22nd at the following locations in Racine:

  • 21st St. and Center St.
  • 13th St. and Highland St.
  • 13th St. and Grand Ave.
  • Dekoven Ave. and Howell Ave
  • 16th St. and Indiana St.
  • 1200 block of Highland St.
  • Metron Ct.

The criminal complaint details each of incidents in which Townes threatened and beat others and fired a weapon. Townes admitted after being arrested by police on November 28th that he was involved in the incidents — and had used two different guns in the incidents.

Townes was described in the complaint by his girlfriend as being “gun happy.” She described multiple incidents in which he beat her, held a gun to her head, fired gun shots and more — sometimes with the girlfriend’s kids nearby. She told police Townes is “very violent, shakes a lot, has anger issues.”

In a news release, Racine officials said theĀ arrest of Townes will have an immediate public safety impact.

Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about these crime. Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at 262-635-7756. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.