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Two women are facing charges after Racine Police say they got into a physical fight at a local laundromat.
Crystal Johnson, 32, and Jennifer Kutzner, 34, both of Racine, were charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court. Johnson is facing one misdemeanor count each of disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. She faces up to 120 days in jail and/or up to $1,500 in fines.
Kutzner was charged with a single count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She could see up to 90 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called Thursday to Washline Laundry, 1730 State Street, for a report of a fight. When officers arrived, they saw two women – later identified as Johnson and Kutzner, involved in a physical altercation in the parking lot. When police activated their lights and siren, the women broke up their fight.
Officers say Kutzner told them Johnson asked her for money and when Kutzner refused, tried to steal Kutzner’s purse, phone and the quarters she was using to wash her clothes. Johnson admitted she asked Kutzner for money but said Kutzner was the aggressor and had asked Johnson for pills.
Johnson gave police permission to search her purse for her ID, the complaint reads, and they also found a crack pipe. Officers read Johnson her rights and advised she was under arrest but could not question her further because she requested an attorney.
Kutzner was placed under arrest as well, in part, for outstanding warrants out of Mount Pleasant. Police say the owner of the laundromat could not provide video surveillance to them because the building was having electrical issues, and the cameras were not working properly.
Both Johnson and Kutzner remain in the Racine County Jail as of Friday evening; Johnson on a $100 cash bond and Kutzner on a $500 cash bond. The defendants will both be back in court Dec. 15 for their pre-trial conferences.