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A man was charged after he entered the wrong home and smashed out a window, according to a criminal complaint.

Dawayne Evans, 32, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with criminal damage to property, misdemeanor bail jumping, disorderly conduct, and three counts of bail jumping.

If convicted of all charges, Evans faces up to 12 years in prison and/or fined up to $51,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine police were called for a report of a suspicious person at 12:49 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26 at a residence in the 2400 block of James Boulevard. The homeowner told police that he heard the front porch door open and thought it was his wife. He called out to her, but she told her husband that she saw Evans looking into their front door upper window.

When the husband confronted Evans, he asked what he wanted and Evans asked: “Where’s Lisa?” The homeowner pushed Evans out of the front porch area and told him he didn’t know Lisa. Evans drove off, but then returned and the homeowner heard a window on the front porch break.

Running out the front door, the homeowner saw Evans get into a Ford Explorer and leave again. When police arrived, they started conducting an investigation and Evans  drove by the house a third time. The officer arrested Evans, who had multiple warrants.

Evans told the police he was looking for the owner of the SUV that he was borrowing. The owner was visiting a relative that lived a few blocks away on Jerome Street, not James Street.

He is expected to have a first appearance at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch. However, Evans refused to come to court from the jail on Dec. 26.  


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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.