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55bfa82b67bc4.imageA woman, who had a butcher knife and tried to jump from a second story apartment after she argued with her neighbors for hours, is facing criminal charges, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Babi Thomas-Moore, 41, of Racine, was charged Tuesday, Aug. 4 by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with disorderly conduct and one count of bail jumping. Both charges had a repeater enhancer because Thomas-Moore had prior misdemeanor convictions. If convicted of all charges, she faces up to seven years in prison and/or fines up to $11,000.

According to the criminal complaint, neighbors called the police at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 after Thomas-Moore was being “disorderly with people in the neighborhood.” Police had been to Thomas-Moore’s home about an hour earlier after she was seen walking around the neighborhood with a knife and arguing with people in the 1200 block of Hagerer Street. Police went to her door, but she wouldn’t talk to them.

The second time police were called to the area, the landlord told police that Thomas-Moore had thrown her mini-blinds and several other items out of her window. Police found clothing, a hair weave, and furniture on the sidewalk. Police told Thomas-Moore to come downstairs, but she refused and started throwing more items out of the window including plastic glasses, a drying rack and large stand-up fan. Officers tried to talk Thomas-Moore into coming out of her apartment for two hours. They felt that if they left without having Thomas-Moore in custody “she would come out of her apartment and harm innocent people in the area.”

The department decided to put an arrest team together and ended up breaking down her door to get into the apartment. When police entered the apartment, they saw Thomas-Moore taking a step out of the window. She also had a large butcher knife, and yelled and screamed at the officer.

Eventually, the officer was able to talk Thomas-Moore out of jumping out the window and she threw the knife down on to the front lawn to the house.

Thomas-Moore was taken into custody to the Racine County Jail and is expected to have a pre-trial conference at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 3 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Amy Vanderhoef.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.