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A Racine man is accused of attempted homicide after he stabbed another with a box cutter in the 2000 block of Washington Avenue Tuesday.

Climmie Joe Gaston Sr., 59, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office Thursday with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and attempted aggravated battery. If convicted of both charges, Gaston Sr. faces up to 72 years in prison and/or fined up to $5,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Gaston Sr. stabbed a man after an argument that morning.

The man was fixing his car with another person when Gaston stabbed him. Witnesses told police that Gaston was upset that the man was yelling at a woman. The two men got into an argument and the man pushed Gaston, who then jumped at the man. 

“A second later (the man) found that he had been stabbed and went down on the ground,” the complaint reads.

Another man then took a jack handle and tried to hit Gaston with it, but he walked away and went into his apartment.

The man who was stabbed told police that he was trying to fix his car so that he could pick up his children and go to the Fourth of July parade.

Gaston Sr. is in custody at the Racine County Jail and is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. July 13.


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.