A homeless Racine man is facing charges after he allegedly beat and broke the thumb of a woman who confronted him Friday while he was urinating in public outside of TBG’s Bar & Grill in Racine.

Robert Evans, 70, whose address is listed as the HALO homeless shelter on DeKoven Avenue, was charged on Monday with making a threat to a law enforcement officer, battery causing great bodily harm — both felonies — and obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

According to the criminal complaint:

The accuser confronted Evans when she noticed him urinating outside the bar at 1814 Taylor Ave. After he allegedly called her a derogatory name, the victim then walked away south toward DeKoven Avenue.

Evans reportedly followed her to the 2000 block of DeKoven Avenue, where he asked her to come over to him, leading her to believe that he was going to apologize. Instead, he allegedly began to beat her with an unknown object while yelling, “you think it’s OK to confront and check me?” The accuser reportedly blocked the first blow, but Evans subsequently struck her in the head and the hand. According to a police officer on scene, the woman suffered an abrasion and swelling to the head, and had a bone sticking out of her thumb. The accuser said she was in major pain and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

Upon questioning from police, Evans allegedly provided a false name and birthdate. Evans reportedly told police he had a rifle on him, attempted to escape their control and directed slurs at them as they took him into custody.

According to court records, Evans is a repeat offender with multiple prior convictions in Dane County, including felony burglary, theft and sexual assault as well as seven convictions for disorderly conduct.

Evans remained in custody as of Monday night at the County Jail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 15 in Racine County Circuit Court.

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