Kyle Rittenhouse became a household name during last year’s widespread protests when he was arrested on suspicion of killing two rioters and wounding a third amid civil unrest in Wisconsin that followed the death of Jacob Blake.
According to reports this week, prosecutors in Kenosha are now seeking to have the teenager taken back into custody.
“The most serious possible criminal charges”
According to The Washington Times, Rittenhouse is accused of violating the terms of his release when he failed to notify authorities of an address change within 48 hours.
The Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office stated in a motion: “He posted no money sho he has no financial stake in the bond.”
Prosecutors went on to note that the teen is “already facing the most serious possible criminal charges and life in prison, so in comparison, potential future criminal penalties are insignificant,” as the Times reported.
The statement went on to assert that “it is critically important that the court be able to monitor the defendant’s whereabouts at all times,” particularly in such a high-stakes prosecution.
“After all, it is extremely unusual for a defendant facing a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in Kenosha County to post cash bond and be released from custody pending trial,” the statement added. “Rarely does our community see accused murderers roaming about freely.”
“Over two months ago”
According to reports, prosecutors’ statement complained of Rittenhouse’s “carefree attitude” and his decision to be seen “in the company of known ‘Proud Boys’ while flashing white supremacist gang signs and wearing a ‘Free as [expletive]’ shirt.”
The Kenosha News, however, cited a response from the suspect’s attorney, Mark Richards, that asserts the judge was provided with the updated address in a motion.
Richards also stated that local law enforcement had advised that the new address not be formally updated in an effort to stem a tide of violent threats his client had been receiving.
“It is noteworthy that the State has only now decided to file a motion to increase bond in this case, despite having corresponded with Attorney Chirafisi regarding the change in Kyle’s residence over two months ago,” Richards said.
Corey Chirafisi, who also represents Rittenhouse, reportedly filed a motion on Nov. 30 asking that the defendant’s address be kept under wraps.