A man was charged after he held his ex-girlfriend at knife-point for about 12 hours in her home and to get free she had to send a note to her child’s school to tell police, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Alejandro Rodriguez, 58, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with two counts of battery, two counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of false imprisonment, burglary, intimidation of a victim, and stalking. If convicted of all charges, Rodriguez faces up to 74.5 years in prison and/or fined up to $127,000.

Rodriguez is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Racine County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police responded to the 1200 block of Memorial Drive on Sept. 27 for a report of Rodriguez punching his ex-girlfriend in a van. The woman stopped to pick up her child because she saw Rodriguez walking with him on the side of the road. The woman told police Rodriguez asked her why she wouldn’t see him anymore. He then grabbed her hair and punched her multiple times in front of her children. Rodriguez fled the area after the incident.

Rodriguez, who is on probation, was ordered not to have contact with the woman, but at 9 p.m. Tuesday one of the woman’s children let him into the house. He told the woman he would kill her once the children went to school the next morning, that he wasn’t going to go back to prison, and he should have killed her the “last time,” the complaint reads.

He forced the woman to stay close to him, even when the two had to use the bathroom. He also took her cell phone, and forced to her to sleep next to him while he had a knife. In the morning, the woman wrote a note to her son’s teacher saying that Rodriguez was holding her against her will and he had a knife and was threatening to kill her. The principal at the children’s school called the police Wednesday after he found the note.

Officers responded to the woman’s home in the 1200 block of Blake Avenue, knocked on the door and she ran outside on to the porch. Police took Rodriguez into custody.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Oct. 14 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

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