RACINE — A Racine man found early Saturday morning reportedly covered in blood is facing charges after allegedly attacking his roommate with a knife and hammer.
Edward L. Esposito, 42, of the 1300 block of Maple Street, is facing two felony counts of first-degree reckless injury with the use of a dangerous weapon and a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property.
According to the criminal complaint:
Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Maple Street at about 1:43 a.m. Saturday for a report of a person who was stabbed. A witness called 911 after one his neighbors knocked on his door, bleeding from his head, chest and wrist. The victim said his roommate, Esposito, had stabbed him.
Esposito was reportedly “covered in blood from head to foot” when he was detained. Inside the residence, blood was found on the floor and walls. A hammer with blood on its handle was also found.
The victim said Esposito was pacing before he went into the kitchen and returned with a serrated knife and hammer. He said Esposito began swinging the knife at him, cutting his head near his temple. The victim believed he was knocked out during the attack because he could not remember some of his wounds.
An emergency room nurse said that the victim was cut in the temple, wrist, chest, eye and arm, and had puncture wounds to the back of the skull and wrist.
Esposito told a different story to police. He said he drank four beers and heard his roommates talking about him. He said he got paranoid and thought someone was going to jump him, so he barricaded himself in his room and heard “alarms going off in his head.”
He said he went downstairs and heard the “alarms” again, grabbed the victim and the two got into a fight. Esposito claimed that his roommate pulled a knife and stabbed him in his thigh. He said he then grabbed the knife from the victim and stabbed him “everywhere.”
Esposito reportedly said he felt the victim go limp on top of him and thought he was dead. He panicked and went to his other roommate’s room, kicked in the door and said he thought he killed someone.
The second roommate confirmed that Esposito started banging on his bedroom door, eventually kicking it in. He said that Esposito said he thought he had killed the victim.
As of Monday afternoon, Esposito remained in custody on a $50,000 cash bond, online records show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 17 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.
Today's mugshots: July 8
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Dwaine A. Belcher
Dwaine A. Belcher, 1300 block of Thurston Avenue, Racine, false imprisonment, strangulation and suffocation, substantial battery, felony intimidation of a witness, felony intimidation of a victim, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct.
Jeffery Neil Biondich Jr.
Jeffery Neil Biondich Jr., Franklin, burglary of a building or dwelling, felony theft (movable property between $2,500 and $5,000).
Marshaun L. Emery
Marshaun L. Emery, 3100 block of Conrad Drive, Racine, possession with intent to deliver/distribute/manufacture THC (less than or equal to 200 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia.
Edward L. Esposito
Edward L. Esposito, 1300 block of Maple Street, Racine, first degree reckless injury with use of a dangerous weapon, first degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon, criminal damage to property.
Nancy J. Hozeska
Nancy J. Hozeska, 500 block of Storle Avenue, Burlington, misdemeanor intimidation of a victim, felony bail jumping.
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Maurice McCurty, 500 block of 11th Street, Racine, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operate motor vehicle while revoked.
Marcus D. Minor
Marcus D. Minor, 5200 block of Washington Avenue, Racine, uttering a forgery.
Nicole Jean Schroeder
Nicole Jean Schroeder, 6200 block of Larchmont Drive, Racine, disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon, felony bail jumping.
Vincent Tyrone Cannon
Vincent Tyrone Cannon, 5300 block of Biscayne Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Thomas Cobbs, 3500 block of Meachem Road, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Johnathan W. Klass
Johnathan W. Klass, 2600 block of Cottonwood Court, Racine, disorderly conduct.
Keith Walter Laur
NO PHOTO AVAILABLE
Keith Walter Laur, Fox Point, disorderly conduct.
Matthew J. Madsen
Matthew J. Madsen, 2100 block of Romayne Avenue, Racine, disorderly conduct.
Daniel S. Perez
Daniel S. Perez, 2900 block of Four Mile Road, Racine, obstructing an officer.
Douglass H. Potter
Douglass H. Potter, 8800 block of Maple Drive, Caledonia, disorderly conduct.
Todd E. Rintelman
Todd E. Rintelman, 200 block of Origen Street, Burlington, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Francisco Silva Valencia
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Francisco Silva Valencia, 1000 block of Delamere Avenue, Racine, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer.
Xavier Desun Taylor
Xavier Desun Taylor, 1600 block of Kentucky Street, Racine, resisting an officer, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor battery.
Shannon L. Turner
Shannon L. Turner, Milwaukee, obstructing an officer.
Philip A. Waldbauer
Philip A. Waldbauer, 500 block of N. Pine Street, Burlington, misdemeanor battery, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct.
Hassan A. Whitfield
Hassan A. Whitfield, 200 block of Howland Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor theft (false representation less than $2,500).