RACINE — A local man faces criminal charges for allegedly punching a neighbor in the face Sunday after criticizing the victim for how he was using his snowblower.
Jeffrey T. Mueller, 55, of the 2400 block of 20th Street, appeared in Racine County Circuit Court Monday, facing charges of misdemeanor battery and criminal disorderly conduct for the alleged Sunday incident.
According to the criminal complaint:
The alleged victim told police that he had been clearing snow with his snowblower for both his own property and that of a neighbor who was out of town. He said he was confronted by another neighbor, later identified as Mueller, who claimed the man was blowing snow onto the street.
The neighbor operating the snowblower said he told Mueller he was not intentionally blowing snow onto the street. He also said he cleaned up that snow — at which point Mueller came outside and claimed the victim was blowing snow onto the parkway.
The victim said Mueller approached and threw three punches at him with his fist. The victim said he was able to block two, but the other hit him in the left lip/cheek area. Officers reported seeing a small amount of dried blood and two cuts on his lips.
If convicted, Mueller could face penalties of up to nine months’ imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine on the battery charge and 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine for disorderly conduct. He was freed on a $500 signature bond and is scheduled for a pretrial conference on March 22.