Prosecutors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, dropped a bombshell in a Wednesday court filing seeking an arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse: They have no idea where he is currently living.
Prosecutors said the accused Kenosha protest shooter has violated the conditions of his release after a judge allowed the 18-year-old to be released in November on $2 million cash bail.
Rittenhouse is currently awaiting trial for the shooting deaths of two men who were protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Prosecutors revealed in a court filing Wednesday that 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. They asked the judge to increase Rittenhouse’s bail by $200,000 for the violation and issue a warrant for his arrest.
Prosecutors said they were unable to monitor Rittenhouse’s whereabouts because he failed to notify them that he moved.
In their filing, prosecutors wrote 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.”
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.
Prosecutors said Rittenhouse failed to correct the address on a document signed Jan. 22.
Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, 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.
He said they moved into a “safe house” and deleted their social media accounts.