A Racine man was in court Monday on two separate charges: one involved him beating a woman and another involving a hit-and-run case from 2015.

Earl Simington, 47, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with substantial battery, and false imprisonment. If convicted of both charges, Simington faces up to 9 years six months in prison and/or fined up to $20,000.

Police: Simington Beat Woman

According to the criminal complaint, Simington borrowed money from a woman and when she went to collect on the loan, he attempted to force  himself on her and punched her in the face at 12:44 p.m. Sunday. The incident happened in a motor home parked in the driveway at 4100 Olive Street.

A friend dropped the woman off at Simington’s home. When she arrived, he told her to come to the motor home. When she entered, he had no clothes on and smelled like he had been drinking. The woman asked him where the cash was several times. When she realized he had no intention of paying her, she went to leave. Simington got on top of the woman and tried to have sex with her, but he wasn’t able to complete the act. He also punched her in the face.

The woman told Simington that her mother would come after him. He told her he didn’t care because he has an AK-47. Just then the woman’s cellphone started to ring. He refused to let the woman answer, but she told him “they would break into the RV,” the complaint reads.

When the woman answered the phone, she told her friend that Simington was trying to rape her. He got off the woman and she was able to leave.

The woman’s left eye was swollen shut. She also had a cut on her left temple and her nose was broken.

During a first appearance on Monday, Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a $250 cash bond. A preliminary hearing was also set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9 in Racine County Felony Court.

Simington Charged In Unrelated Hit-And-Run

In a separate incident, Simington was also charged with a felony count of hit and run-injury, and a misdemeanor count of bail jumping. The charges stem from a hit and run involving a nine-year-old girl riding a bicycle being struck by Simington, who was riding a motorized bicycle on June 23, 2015.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl was riding her bicycle near 3302 17th Street when she was struck. The girl suffered abrasions to her arms, chest, forehead, right leg, right ankle and right foot. After the crash, he yelled at the girl and left the scene.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a $500 cash bond and a preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9.


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