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A Racine man is facing an attempted homicide charge for strangling and hitting a woman early Friday morning with his car near the Root River Parkway.

Anton Williams, 25, is facing charges of attempted 1st-degree intentional homicide and strangulation and suffocation by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, according to a press release by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

A person called 911 at 8:18 a.m. Friday saying they were with the 20-year-old West Allis woman at 3630 Rapids Court.

The couple had been arguing when Williams physically assaulted the woman. Able to break free, she ran toward a bystander for help. But Williams got into his car and sped towards the woman, striking her as she tried to run away from him.

“The vehicle crashed into a wooden fence and came to a stop.  The witness helped the victim get into his vehicle and he drove her to a safe location before calling the police,” the press release reads.

Rescue personnel from the South Shore Fire Department took the woman to Froedtert Hospital. The staff there treated and released her for non-life threatening injuries. Williams was taken to Ascension-All Saints Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. After being medically cleared, they took Williams into custody and transported him to the Racine County Jail.

Williams has not formally been charged, but those are expected to be filed next week.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.