Man beat woman with broom, shoe and his fist, DA says

domestic violence
Zedtric Cottingham

A 36-year-old Racine man with 57 active arrest warrants faces 22 criminal charges after he beat a woman in Racine on Sunday, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Zedtric D. Cottingham faces four felony charges of bail jumping, two felony charges of intimidation of a victim, along with felony charges of possession of narcotic drugs and tampering with a global positioning system tracking device.

The eight felonies carry a total fine of $100,000 and 47 years, six months in prison.

Cottingham also is charged with four misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping and misdemeanor counts of obstructing, battery, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, theft, hit and run and operating after revocation.

The misdemeanors carry a total fine of $59,500 and six years, one month in county jail.
Cottingham, who is in custody, made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Monday.

According to the criminal complaint:

The defendant allegedly threatened a woman after a domestic altercation Sunday. Cottingham followed the victim to her residence, where he used a key he has to let himself in. Once inside the home, he kicked over the television and told her if she called the police, he would kill her and steal all her things.

Later in the day, Cottingham allegedly struck another person’s vehicle while driving with the woman, who was in the passenger’s seat. After the collision, the defendant spit on the passenger-side window and fled the area.

Court records indicate that Cottingham’s driver’s license is revoked and he was out on bond in numerous cases.

About an hour later, the defendant allegedly struck and injured another person, who shares a residence with Cottingham. Police responded to that residence, where they found various narcotics and 1.7 grams of marijuana. The woman in that incident told police the defendant had beat her at the residence “throughout the day,” stating that he had hit her with an open hand, his fist, a shoe and at one point a broom.

Police located the defendant trying to hide under a pile of trash and clothing inside the residence.


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