A Racine man was charged Monday after he beat his ex-girlfriend and attempting to drive away with her against her will, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Joseph Coles, 51, kicked in the front door at a residence on the 3200 block of Vera Court in Mount Pleasant two weeks ago, and began to attack his ex-girlfriend who was inside. Coles punched the victim in the head and bit her. He grabbed a knife, and held it throughout the attack, according to a criminal complaint.

He then dragged her into the front yard, and attempted to get the woman into her car parked in front of the house.

She screamed for help at this time, and eventually Coles threw the knife and left. The woman suffered cuts all over her hands from the struggle with the knife.

Coles is charged with criminal trespass in a dwelling, battery, armed robbery with use of force, taking and driving a vehicle without consent, disorderly conduct and false imprisonment.


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