A Racine man was arrested Sunday after assaulting two individuals trying stop a robbery he was committing, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Michael R. Jeter, 53, was stealing soap from the Better Day BP, 2100 Douglas Avenue, when an employee recognized him as a man that had stolen from establishment on previous occasions.

As Jeter tried to leave, the employee blocked the door. This is when he became physically aggressive. Another customer assisted her in stopping Jeter.

Jeter punched and scratched them as he tried to get away. He eventually got free of them, but was found shortly after by police. Jeter had stolen dish soap and body soap.

He’s charged with robbery with use of force, disorderly conduct and two counts of battery.

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