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After urinating in public, a homeless man was charged after he broke a woman’s thumb because she confronted him.

Robert Evans, 70, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with threatening a law enforcement officer, battery-great bodily harm, obstructing an officer, and disorderly conduct. If convicted of all charges, Evans faces up to 29 years in prison and/or fined up to $31,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Evans was outside a restaurant in the 2000 block of Dekoven Avenue urinating in public. The woman confronted Evans and he called her a name and “got in her face.” Evans and the woman walked inside the restaurant. Once inside, he asked the woman to come over to him and she did.

He started yelling at her and beating the woman with an unknown item. The woman blocked the first blow, but the second blow struck her head. The third blow struck her hand.

The officer noted that the woman had cuts on her head and the bone on her left thumb was sticking out on the palm side of her hand. Rescue workers took the woman to the hospital for treatment.

Officers with the Racine Police Department arrested Evans, who gave them a false name. He resisted the arrest, called them names, and tried to twist away from their hold.

He is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $500 cash bond.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.


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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.