Prosecutors in Wisconsin are demanding that Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenage vigilante charged with murdering two people at a Black Lives Matter protest, be arrested for failing to inform authorities of his whereabouts, which are currently unknown.
Court records show that, on January 28, mail sent to Rittenhouse’s stated address in Antioch, Illinois, was returned to sender. In a motion filed Wednesday, the Kenosha County District Attorney’s office asks a judge to issue an arrest warrant for the defendant and increase his bail by $200,000 — bringing it to $2.2 million — for failing to provide his current address.
The request comes after prosecutors last month sought to modify Rittenhouse’s bail conditions after he was pictured at a bar flashing white-supremacist hand signals with members of the Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist group. His new bail conditions, approved weeks later, prohibit him from associating with known bigots.
According to TMJ4, an NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, police were dispatched after mail to Rittenhouse’s address in Illinois bounced back. They discovered a new tenant who said they had resided at the address since December 14.
In court filings on Wednesday, Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark D. Richards, said his client was in a “safe house” and claimed that a “high-ranking member of the Kenosha Police Department” urged him not provide his address due to alleged death threats. Richards said he would only provide Rittenhouse’s current location if the court agreed to withhold it from the public.
Rittenhouse, charged with reckless homicide, intentional homicide, and attempted intentional homicide after shooting three people at a protest last summer in Kenosha, was bailed out in November after posting $2 million in crowd-funded bond.
His alleged victims, meanwhile, have sued local police and elected officials for $20 million, arguing that their negligence enabled the violence Kenosha saw in August 2020.
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