A domestic incident that escalated led to six criminal charges filed Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 19-year-old Racine man.

Alejandro Martinez is charged with felony counts of false imprisonment, strangulation/suffocation, and intimidation of a victim; along with misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

The felony charges carry a total fine of $45,000 and 22 years in prison, while the misdemeanors carry a total fine of $21,000 and 21 months in county jail.

Martinez was scheduled to make his initial appearance Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint:

A woman told police that she and Martinez had gotten into an argument when he slapped and punched her. The woman stated she tried to fight back, but because of the size difference between them, she was unable to. When the woman tried to leave, the defendant blocked the doorway. He reportedly pushed her back into the room and caused her to strike the edge of the bed.

The woman stated that Martinez continued to hit her on her head and face, and choked her with one of his hands.

The argument escalated later that night, and the woman’s sister pulled her into the bathroom to try and get away from the defendant. At one point, Martinez allegedly shouted, “I’m (going to) kill someone,” grabbed a small black handgun and came into the bathroom. The woman stated he pointed the gun at her face.

Police observed injuries to the woman’s right and left shoulder, neck, and cheek.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. August 9 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

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Rex Davenport

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