RACINE — A Racine man is facing charges after reportedly breaking down his ex-girlfriend’s door, hitting her and stealing from her home.
Lajuan Hand, 22, of the 1100 block of Erie Street, is charged with felony burglary of a building or dwelling and misdemeanor counts of battery and criminal damage to property.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 9:37 a.m. on April 3, a Racine police officer was dispatched to the 2000 block of Geneva Street and spoke with an ex-girlfriend of Hand’s. She said the two had dated for two years and had lived together in the 1100 block of Erie Street.
Two weeks earlier, she told Hand, who was about to leave for California, that she wanted to take a break from their relationship because he was physically violent toward her.
Hand told her that if she broke up with him, he would beat her head into the wall “like he did to his ex-girlfriend.” He also told her she would need a restraining order to keep him away, and he would always be watching her.
His ex said she went home to get ready for work when she heard someone banging on the door, and it was Hand. She told him to go away until she left because she is scared of him. Hand broke down the door and slapped the woman in the head, face and upper body several times. Her lip began to swell and she started bleeding.
Hand then grabbed the woman’s cellphone, a backpack containing her bank cards and 15 to 20 necklaces worth about $3,000, then left the house.
At 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Hand went to the Police Department to report items being stolen from the residence he and his ex-girlfriend used to share. Hand admitted to kicking in the door, hitting his ex and taking her cell phone. He was taken into custody.
Hand remained in custody on a $500 cash bond as of Friday afternoon, online records showed. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.