A 27-year-old man is behind bars on a $50,000 cash bond because police say he brutally raped a woman last month while she walked down a street.

Jermain Winters, 27, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with single count of first degree sexual assault/causing great bodily harm. He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted but could have more time tacked on to any sentence he might receive because he’s considered a repeat offender.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Feb. 19 to the hospital to talk with a woman who said she was beaten and raped by a man – later identified as Winters – who chased her down after she tried to escape but tripped and fell. The woman said she tried to defend herself with a box cutter, but Winters bit her thumb.

Police say the woman’s injuries were extensive; including shoe tread marks on her face, a broken nose and a broken cheekbone. Because the woman was able to accurately describe Winters and the area where she was attacked, investigators collected the evidence – including surveillance video from nearby businesses – necessary to identify Winters as the suspect and take him into custody.

Winters will next be in court March 23 for his preliminary hearing.

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