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Racine police say a 44-year-old man threatened retaliation from his motorcycle club against his ex-wife and her boyfriend after she called police when he allegedly tried to kick in her door.

We are not naming the man to protect the identity of his ex-wife and children.

The man was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, domestic abuse assessments. If convicted, he could face up to 90 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 4:10 p.m. Thursday to a residence in the 1800 block of Mead Street for a report of a man trying to kick down the back door of the home. When officers arrived, a woman told them her ex-husband had come by to visit with their six children and tried to start a fight with her boyfriend.

The woman said she stepped between the two men to avoid any further escalation and ended up pushing her ex-husband back outside. Police say the woman closed and locked the back door, but the man started to kick and pound the door and calling the woman’s boyfriend expletives. While the woman was on the phone with Dispatch, she said she could hear the man on his phone possibly talking with members of his motorcycle club.

When the man realized the woman had called the police, he walked away, heading north on Mead Street, the complaint reads. Officers caught up to the man and took him into custody.

Police say while the man was in custody, he said he couldn’t be responsible for the safety of his ex-wife and her boyfriend because his motorcycle club would know her address since his arrest would be public record.

The man was assigned a $500 cash bond at his initial appearance Friday and remained in the Racine County Jail as of Friday evening. His next court appearance is a pre-trial conference Oct. 16.


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