A pregnant woman jumped from a moving car Wednesday morning to escape her mother’s boyfriend, according to police, after he wouldn’t let her out of the car and threatened to kill her.
Jerome D. Williams, 35, of Racine, is charged with false imprisonment, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and battery. He is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.
According to court records, police and deputies were called to the intersection of highways 31 and C early Wednesday morning, after someone reported a woman running down Highway C yelling for help. The woman told police she had jumped from Williams’ car to get away.
She said she went with Williams to buy food, but he kept passing stores, driving her south on Highway 31, past Durand Avenue toward Kenosha. She texted her mother, who asked Williams what he was doing, but he just responded “She’s safe with me,” according to the criminal complaint.
But the woman didn’t feel safe.
She told investigators that Williams told her “This is the perfect night to kill you. It’s foggy and nobody goin’ to miss you.” She said he locked the doors to keep her in the car, and started running red lights as he drove back north.
The woman was able to jump from the car as he turned east on Highway C from northbound 31. Williams was found in a shed behind the woman’s mother’s home.