Kyle Rittenhouse Rearrest Denied by Judge After Hearing Prison Rape Threat

A Wisconsin judge has ruled that double-murder suspect Kyle Rittenhouse can remain free on a $2 million bond after rejecting a request that a new arrest warrant be issued for the 18-year-old for not disclosing his current address.

Prosecutors had accused Rittenhouse, charged with killing two people and seriously injuring another during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha in August 2020, of violating his bail conditions after it emerged he moved out of his home in Antioch, Illinois, to a new undisclosed location.

Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger also asked for Rittenhouse's $2 million bail, which was originally paid for following a successful fundraising campaign, to be increased by $200,000.

Rittenhouse's defense team said the 18-year-old has been moved to a "safe house" because of the threats he has received since his release from custody. They submitted an anonymous email warning that he would be raped in prison if he is rearrested.

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder said concerns for Rittenhouse's safety are legitimate, but added he does not want further unrest similar to what occurred in the city last August in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

"After what this town has been through in the last six months I don't want any more problems," Schroeder said. "I've got two broken windows here, right here in this courtroom, the doors are all still covered with plywood, a good share of the community is still boarded up after millions of dollars of damage."

Schroeder said that Rittenhouse did fail to disclose his new address within 48 hours as per his bail conditions, but this did not warrant an arrest. He ordered Rittenhouse's attorney Mark Richards to hand over the suspect's current address which will be sealed to the public, a move which was met with outcry by Binger.

"I hope you're not suggesting sharing this with our office would lead to further violence," Binger said. "We are not the public. We are the prosecuting agency. I have never heard of a situation where the information has been withheld from my office."

John Huber, father of Kenosha shooting victim Anthony Huber, had called for Rittenhouse's bond to be doubled to $4 million, citing his behavior since his release.

Rittenhouse was seen drinking at a Wisconsin bar on January 5 wearing a "free as f**k" T-shirt. The 18-year-old also posed for pictures flashing the OK hand gesture, a symbol that has been co-opted by the far-right as a sign to show support for white supremacy.

Rittenhouse was legally allowed to drink at the Wisconsin bar as he was with his mother. His lawyers have frequently said there is no proof that the 18-year-old has any connections to white supremacy.

"His mom and I lost our son and how would you feel if the killer of your son is just able to walk free and make videos and live it up," Jon Huber said. Addressing Rittenhouse during the livestream, he added: "Justice is going to be served to you."

Rittenhouse's lawyers have been contacted for further comment.

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Kyle Rittenhouse cleans graffiti from a high school near the Kenosha County Courthouse following another night of unrest on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A judge has refused prosecutors’ request to issue a new arrest warrant for an 18-year-old for violating his bond.