Inmate faces additional felony charges for spitting

Raymond Bergeron-Davila Jr. spitting
Raymond Bergeron-Davila Jr.

A Racine man with a history of spitting on jail staff is facing several more felonies after he spat at hospital and jail staff last week.

Raymond Bergeron-Davila Jr., 31, of Racine was charged with three felony counts of throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. If convicted of all charges, Bergeron-Davila Jr. faces up to 11 years six months in prison and/or fines up to $41,000.

According to the criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, Bergeron-Davila Jr. had a piece of metal protruding out of his left arm while he was on suicide watch at the Racine County Jail. Deputies transported Bergeron-Davila to Ascension-All Saints emergency room at 3807 Spring Street for medical treatment.

Because Bergeron-Davila Jr. was on suicide watch, deputies required Bergeron-Davila to wear a spit mask while he was being transported to the hospital. While at the hospital being treated for the injury, Bergeron-Davila asked for treatment for his mental health issues. But the nurse told him that he was being discharged.

Angry, he lifted his mask, spit on the nurse, stuck her work clothes and said he would kill her.

Deputies put him in an escort hold and started to take him out of the hospital. While leaving, he yelled at the nurse again. The deputies “hastened their exit,” but Bergeron-Davila continued to resist and he had to be carried on to the transport vehicle, according to the complaint.

While in the vehicle, he removed his spit mask and spit on the deputy.

On Friday, Bergeron-Davila was wearing a safety smock and was placed in a chair. While in the restraint chair, he chewed through the shoulder straps and created a rip down the one side. The cost of the suit is $320.25. He also spat and struck a staff nurse, who was checking the restraint straps.

According to court documents, he refused to appear in court on an initial appearance on Tuesday, which has been rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. April 12 in Racine County Court.

This isn’t Bergeron-Davila’s first time spitting on staff at the Racine County Jail. In November, Bergeron-Davila Jr. was charged with a felony count of throwing/discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker and with a felony count of assault by a prisoner in November.

According to the first criminal complaint:
A correctional officer working at the jail reported Nov. 4 that he had been spit on by the defendant. The officer stated that Bergeron-Davila had been placed in an emergency restraint chair, which he had escaped from. Before he was removed from his cell, a “spit” mask was put on the defendant, which he chewed a hole through and spit on the officer. The officer also reported that Bergeron-Davila was agitated, swearing at and threatening him.

According to the second complaint:
A correctional officer stated she was spat on by the defendant during a meeting that was being held at Bergeron-Davila’s request. The officer stated she was about a foot to the right of the defendant’s open food slot when he became upset with her and spit at her.

The officer stated most of the spit hit her clipboard, but some hit her on the right side of her forehead and her glasses.

As the officer left the area, the defendant was heard yelling several threats toward her. Bergeron-Davila is due back in court Dec. 10 for a 2:30 p.m. competency hearing.

According to court records, Bergeron-Davila is no longer disputing  his competency.

 

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