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An attack in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Sturtevant Aug. 8 led to criminal charges filed Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court against two Racine men.

James P. Saar, 25, and Lashan Wilkerson, 43, are each charged with a felony count of substantial battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Saar also is charged with one count of misdemeanor battery.

The felony carries a fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in prison, while the battery charge carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail. The disorderly conduct charge carries a fine of $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

Both defendants made their initial appearance in court Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint:
A police officer with the Mount Pleasant Police Department spoke with a woman, who stated that she, her boyfriend and three children were loading purchases into the van when they were approached by the two defendants and a female.

Saar allegedly ran up and punched the man in the face, while Wilkerson struck him with a metal pipe.

After the man fell to the ground, Wilkerson continued the assault. When the female attempted to break up the fight, Saar punched her in the left eye.

Police spoke to the man at a hospital, where he was treated for head wounds that required six stitches to his forehead, six staples to the back of his head and two staples above his left ear.

The man stated the female involved was upset because his nephew had ended a relationship with her. While he was in the store, he observed the woman call someone and state, “I’m looking right at him.”

Multiple eyewitnesses confirmed the account to police, including one man, who stated he hurriedly put his children in the car to escape the violence and then called 911.

Saar and Wilkerson are due back Aug. 23 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.

Editor’s note: Racine County Eye is currently working to get more information on this story due to having inaccurate details provided by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office in the criminal complaint. We are working to resolve this issue.
Hayley Wilkerson told the Racine County Eye that she and the victim’s nephew were never in a relationship and that she allegedly was sexually assaulted by the victim and his nephew in April. However, no charges relating to a sexual assault were filed against them for the alleged incident. 

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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.