A homeless Racine man is facing charges after he allegedly beat a man so severely on Friday that the victim suffered serious head injuries.
Michael W. Moore, 30, who was reportedly residing at the HALO shelter, 2000 DeKoven Ave., is charged with felony aggravated battery.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 5:25 p.m. Friday, police responded to a report of people allegedly trespassing in a vacant upper-level apartment on the 1500 block of Washington Avenue.
Police looked through a kitchen window and could see the legs of a person in another room who never flinched, even while police banged on the window and door. Police found an unlatched back door and got into the apartment.
Inside, they found an unconscious man on a couch with severe injuries to his face and head. There also were blood droplets on the wall behind the man and blood pooled on a cushion where the man’s head had been lying.
Paramedics arrived and transported the man to Ascension All Saints hospital. The man’s “condition was life-threatening,” the complaint states.
Outside, police saw two men, one of whom was “speckled in blood, from his head to his feet.” The man was identified as Moore, a previous tenant at the Washington Avenue apartment.
Moore reportedly told police he lives at HALO, but frequently uses his previous apartment to drink. Moore said the male victim had reportedly threatened to strike his girlfriend, so Moore allegedly hit the victim five or six times in the head and face, but then said “maybe seven times.”
Moore told officers that after he finished punching him, the victim’s face was bloody. Moore also allegedly described the blows to the victim’s face as “pretty hard.”
A physician at the hospital told investigators that the victim had head and facial trauma, as well as subdural hematomas, a collection of blood outside the brain usually caused by a severe head injury, the complaint said.
The physician also said the victim was going to be admitted to the intensive care unit and would be closely monitored.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Moore on Nov. 16 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave. He remained in custody as of Monday night at the County Jail.