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A Racine man was in court Monday after he had been charged with 32 charges in a domestic violence case that happened over the course about a year.
Jerome T. Walker, 29, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with 17 counts of bail jumping, seven counts of disorderly conduct, five counts of criminal damage to property, intimidation of a victim, felony theft from a person or corpse, and criminal trespassing.
If convicted of all charges, Walker faces up to 61 years nine months in prison and/or fines up to $272,000.
According to the criminal complaint, officers from the Racine Police Department responded many times to Walker’s estranged girlfriend’s home for reports of Walker destroying her belongings, taking her keys, and being abusive towards her over the course of a year. Walker and the woman have a child together.
Police responded Sept. 30, 2017, to a report of civil trouble. The woman called the police after he had struck her hand, destroyed two cell phones, threw her clothing on the ground and punched two glass windows. Walk fled the scene before police arrived.
In November 2017, Walker kicked in the woman’s apartment building door after he demanded that she return his personal items. She locked the door, called the police and locked herself in another room with her two children. Walker was charged with misdemeanors and was out on bond when he was ordered not to have any contact with the woman.
But in June 2018, the woman told police Walker trashed the apartment. Walker, however, told police that the woman assaulted him. He said he was dropping off her car keys and was angry that she had been out all night. Both Walker and the woman thought the no-contact order had been dropped. It hadn’t.
The police were called to the residence again in August about a domestic incident. Walker and the woman were living together but they had an agreement that when she got home from work he leaves. The woman told police that Walker was upset because she planned to move to Nevada and she didn’t want to argue with him so she left the home.
She and a friend were outside sitting in a car when Walker came up to them and he demanded that she get out of the car. When she didn’t, punched the window three times and broke the glass.
A few days later, Walker called the police because he had taken her house and car keys. He also pushed his way into her home and demanded that he be able to see her phone. When she refused, he pushed her against the wall and put her into a choke hold. He then took her phone and ran out of the residence. The phone was actually her nephew’s phone because hers was stolen, according to the criminal complaint.
Walker is being held on a $5,000 cash bond at the Racine County Jail. A preliminary hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. April 3 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.
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