“This thing went from zero to 100 like that:” Racine man assaulted by group of teens in his own yard

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RACINE (WITI) -- A man attacked by a mob of teenagers in Racine says he'd be dead if they would have had a weapon. He is the victim of what appears to be a random assault.

The man tells FOX6 News he was cleaning up his backyard after a weekend barbecue when a group of teens walking by started throwing out words, and then punches.

Jim Chiappetta says his home on Park Street doesn't attract trouble.

In fact, he says his dogs don't even like to fight.

But like typical dogs -- when someone walks by, Chiappetta's dogs make noise.

It was two weeks ago when police say six teens -- apparently not happy with Chiappetta's dogs, did some barking of their own.

"They started using hard language, and threatening like they were going to kill my dogs," Chiappetta said.

In just moments, the verbal fight turned physical.

"I called my dogs back, and it was basically -- 'get off my property.' This thing went from zero to 100 like that," Chiappetta said.

Chiappetta says he was jumped , punched, and kicked by multiple teens.

"What scares me if there was a weapon involved -- I'm laying dead in my front yard," Chiappetta said.

Now, Racine police are asking for help in bringing Chiappetta's attackers to justice.

Chiappetta tells FOX6 News he was told the teens likely came from a huge group, broken up by police minutes earlier a couple blocks away.

"There was one girl in the group.  God bless her.  She was trying to call these guys off," Chiappetta said.

Chiappetta says in the midst of the punches being thrown -- he didn't see much.

The suspects are described as African-American -- between the ages of 15 and 18 year old -- one being at least 6'2".

A tip leading to an arrest could mean a cash reward.

Chiappetta says he's hoping the teens learn a lesson.

"I would hope someone that engages in this activity, wake up and realize this could be them.  This could be their brother, their sister, or their father," Chiappetta said.

Chiappetta says he took a couple of good shots to the head -- but he's okay.

Those with a tip leading to an arrest could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 -- and can remain anonymous.

If you have information that could help police in this case, you're asked to contact Racine County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-636-9330. You can also submit a tip online by CLICKING HERE.

24 comments

    • JokeEnthusiast

      This is the Wisconsin Statute 939.645  Penalty; crimes committed against certain people or property.
      1) If a person does all of the following, the penalties for the underlying crime are increased as provided in sub. (2):

      (a) Commits a crime under chs. 939 to 948.

      (b) Intentionally selects the person against whom the crime under par. (a) is committed or selects the property that is damaged or otherwise affected by the crime under par. (a) in whole or in part because of the actor’s belief or perception regarding the race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property, whether or not the actor’s belief or perception was correct.

      Just because they were Black and he was White does not constitute it as a hate crime. As you might gather from this statute, it is kinda hard to prove.

  • Jack

    Hate Crime!! This man needs to arm him self. Some hollow points / shot gun/ would solve these individual actions. Sounds like these individuals will continue to be a debt to society affecting the hard working tax paying Americans.

    • JokeEnthusiast

      939.645  Penalty; crimes committed against certain people or property.

      1) If a person does all of the following, the penalties for the underlying crime are increased as provided in sub. (2):

      (a) Commits a crime under chs. 939 to 948.

      (b) Intentionally selects the person against whom the crime under par. (a) is committed or selects the property that is damaged or otherwise affected by the crime under par. (a) in whole or in part because of the actor’s belief or perception regarding the race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property, whether or not the actor’s belief or perception was correct.

      Just because they were Black and he was White does not constitute it as a hate crime. As you might gather from this statute, it is kinda hard to prove.

  • diane

    Where is the black community outrage. .there would be outrage if this man had been able ro defend himself and would have shot one of these poor excuses for a human being….catch them and charge them as adults… they will never amount to anything and will continue to be a menace to society

    • scott

      Are you saying that it is necessary for a black person to be quoted in the paper every time some one does something asinine like this? Is it your position to get in front of a camera every time a white person does something equally stupid? I think not. Just because a black person doesn’t jump in front of a camera doesn’t mean that we approve of this behavior. Please in the future, try not to be so dumb.If you can’t help it , fake it.

  • another resident

    What a shame. No they are not good boys blowing off steam……..how is it a hate crime…………I think they were looking for trouble and decided to make some. True what if the owner had been armed……in my eyes he has a right and if he had shot one of them………..better for him. Why is he or she a good kid, when this is what they are out doing? Doesn’t translate to me.

    • scott

      You sir, are the epitome of stupidity! First off, you assume that because they are black that they are on food stamps. (idiot thought #1) Secondly, If they are minors, as the story suggest, then they wouldn’t qualify for any assistance of any kind. ( 2nd idiotic though)

      • dancing in the ruins

        umm, yeah, sure scott. because there’s a high probability that these punks are college-educated, gainfully employed, contributing members to society and this was just them acting out of character for some reason.

  • mh

    Concealed Carry and start sending them home in body bags. I’m a 40 year old Black Male and I have NO SYMPATHY for people that participate in violent crimes against good people. Being nice isn’t working and the Police don’t have a clue!
    PROTECT YOURSELF!

  • PATTI GREEN

    HIS DOGS OBVIOUSLY DONT LIKE BLACKS.. IF THEY BARK AT BLACKS ALL THE TIME THEN THEY SHOULD BE PUT TO SLEEP BECAUSE AND HE SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH A HATE CRIME FOR RAISING RACIALLY HATEFUL DOGS. DOGS DONT JUST DO THAT YOU HAVE TO TRAIN THEM TO HATE RACES AND HE MUST HAVE.! I HAD A DOG THAT HATED MAIL MEN AND I GOT ARRESTED AND THEY EXECUTED MY DOG.

  • Sarah-Jane Katt

    What happened to Jim is horrible, but these comments are unnecessarily racist. White, black – it does not matter except for to help identify those who did it. An angry group of white boys could have just as easily done this. As it happens, they were black, but so what? We need to teach our children to stop being such animals, no matter what color they are.

  • wordofmouth

    Whats funny is the fact that things that weren’t said in the story are now apart of all the comments. the dogs must hate black people, last I checked most dogs bark at everyone when they aren’t use to them which is why people buy dogs to alert them when a stranger is close. Food stamps and blacks wow I know whites that are on food stamps who cares. The truth of the matter is these kids should’ve been at home or doing something productive instead they were out and about causing chaos. It is summer time and idle hands have nothing to do but cause problems. This man did not deserve what happened to him. I do agree that he had a right to defend himself seeing he was on HIS property so they were trespassing. Had his dogs were less trained they wouldve bit one of them but obviously they are well trained. I hope they find these boys and they get what is coming to them so they know that their actions have repercussions.

  • Sundiata Keita

    fake knoclout game story, which was created by a racist right winger in the book full of lies, White Girl bleed a Lot. you can tell their pandering to the white community with the language, “0 to 100” “mob” and showing the mans ‘badge of honor.’

    • WHAT!

      LOL! Wow you’re dumb. Put down the black panthers book of dumdphonics and contribute to society.

  • Max Headroom

    On TV, Fox6 refused to share with the public any distinguishing characteristics of these culprits that would assist in their apprehension. All they could offer was “teens” and that their description could be found on the Fox6 website. “teens” (recent journalistic code for unruly antisocial loud volatile criminal racist blacks). Journalistic integrity or leftist political agenda tool?

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