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UPDATE: Sanchez’s sister, Tameka Sanchez, 25, of Racine, was also charged with a misdemeanor battery-hate crime, disorderly conduct and bail jumping by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office in this case on March 31.
If convicted, she faces up to 3 years in prison and/or up to $31,000 in fines.
ORIGINAL STORY: A 33-year-old Racine man is facing misdemeanor charges – including a hate crime – after Mount Pleasant police say he attacked a man at the Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Angel Sanchez was charged in February in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of battery as a party to a hate crime and disorderly conduct and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to 2-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $31,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Wednesday to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, 5625 Washington Avenue, for a report of a fight inside the store. When officers arrived, they found Angel and Tameka with bloody noses sitting in a car outside the store. A man told police he was attacked by the pair when he asked the woman to stop using certain words.
The man told police he was in the self-checkout lanes opposite from where Angel and Tameka were checking out. The man said the two were talking loudly, and the woman kept using a racial slur, and he was offended. When the man asked the woman to not use that word because it offended him.
Tameka approached the man and started yelling at him, using the word repeatedly, the complaint reads. Angel reportedly wheeled their cart toward the exit but then turned around and came at the man. Both Angel and Tameka started swinging at the man, and he said he defended himself by swinging back.
Officers say store employees confirmed the man’s account of the incident. He suffered scratches and an injury to his finger.