Racine police say a 47-year-old woman is facing battery and disorderly conduct charges after she got into a fight with a woman and lied to officers about her name.

Kimberly Boatner, of Racine, was charged last week in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of battery, disorderly conduct and obstruction. If convicted, she faces up to 21 months in prison and/or up to $21,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 10:02 p.m. July 1 to the 600 block of 12th Street for reports of a fight. When officers arrived, they saw a large group of people on the porch of a home, and a man pointed them in the direction of “the victim.”

Police say they found a woman standing in the 1100 block of Grand Avenue. She told officers she went to the home on 6th Street to talk with another woman – later identified as Boatner – about rumors Boatner was telling people about the woman. Boatner agreed to talk, but when she got close to the woman, she grabbed the woman’s hair and punched her several times in the face.

While officers were speaking with the woman, there was a loud disturbance around the corner, the complaint reads. Police had another woman in custody after they observed the woman strike Boatner in the face with a purse. That person told police that she’d seen Boatner fighting a woman and tried to break it up. Boatner then got angry at this woman for interfering, and the two got into a screaming match that ended when the woman struck Boatner in the face with the purse after Boatner pushed the woman down two steps.

Officers say when they questioned Boatner about the incidents, she was unsure of what happened because she’d been drinking “heavily” throughout the day. When police asked her name, Boatner gave the name of a relative who did not turn up in state Department of Transportation records, but the woman in the squad car provided Boatner’s real name.

Police ran the defendant’s name and discovered she had a warrant out for her arrest stemming from an incident last summer during which she is accused of choking a woman who was a witness in another relative’s criminal case. She is charged with one misdemeanor count of battery and disorderly conduct for this incident.

According to that criminal complaint, Boatner on July 23, 2014, confronted a woman in a local store about the woman sending one of Boatner’s relatives to jail. Boatner choked the woman and tried to intimidate her, an account backed up by a witness who was in the store at the same time.

Boatner remains in the Racine County Jail on two, $500 cash bonds; one for each set of charges. She will next be in court July 30 for a pre-trial conference for each case..

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