[BREAKING] Warrant Issued for Kyle Rittenhouse
Have you seen Kyle Rittenhouse? Because the Kenosha County, Wisconsin, District Attorney would love to know his whereabouts.
Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday saying the court was unable to deliver a hearing notice for Rittenhouse at the address he listed as his home on his release paperwork. The notice was returned to the court because a forwarding address was not known.
Prosecutors wrote in their filing Rittenhouse failed to notify the court of a change of address or telephone number within 48 hours and asked the judge to increase Rittenhouse’s bail by $200,000 for the violation as well as issuing a warrant for his arrest.
Rittenhouse is charged with multiple counts, including homicide, in connection with the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha last August. Prosecutors allege he had responded to a militia’s call to protect businesses in Kenosha and opened fire on three men, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, has maintained he acted in self-defense. He surrendered to police the day after the shootings but was released after he posted a $2 million bond. Conservative groups covered the expense.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse, say he violated bond by failing to update address.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 3, 2021
Prosecutors wrote in their filing Wednesday that Rittenhouse “demonstrated his carefree attitude by going to a bar immediately after his arraignment on Jan. 5, 2021, and drinking 3 beers in the company of known ‘Proud Boys’ while flashing white supremacist signs and wearing a ‘Free as (expletive) shirt.” The D.A.’s office also noted in the motion, “Rarely does our community see accused murderers roaming about freely.”
Kenosha detectives said they went to the apartment Rittenhouse listed as his address and a man said he had rented the apartment since Dec. 15 and Rittenhouse no longer lived there.
— Derrick Rose (@DRoseTV) February 3, 2021
Prosecutors said Rittenhouse failed to correct the address on a document signed January 22. Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, Mark Richards, filed a response to the prosecutor’s motion, objecting to the bond increase.
Richards said Rittenhouse and his family have received death threats since the Kenosha shootings and moved into a “safe house” and deleted their social media accounts. Upon Rittenhouse’s release, Richards claims, he was told not to disclose the location of his “safe house.”
A member of the defense team contacted prosecutors to provide Rittenhouse’s new address if it was filed under seal because of safety concerns. Richards said the prosecutor refused that request. He said he would provide Rittenhouse’s current address if it were kept confidential by the court.
Kyle Rittenhouse has violated his bond, and prosecutors are getting an arrest warrant. Good.
Lock his ass up, and KEEP him locked up.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 3, 2021
Rittenhouse’s next scheduled court appearance is March 10 but a hearing on the new motion could be held sooner. If convicted, Rittenhouse faces up to life in prison.