Rittenhouse identified as violent career criminal
The mysterious "Jump Kick Man" talked about during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the man that was labeled as the one that stomped Rittenhouse's head when he fell to the ground, has been identified as a Kenosha man with an extensive criminal history spanning decades.
Jump Kick Man was given the name during the second incident on August 25, 2020 that led to Rittenhouse fatally shooting Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. While running from a crowd of people, Rittenhouse tripped and fell. During this moment, Jump Kick Man allegedly ran up and stomped on the then 17-year-old's head.
Rittenhouse fired two shots at the man, but missed. It was after these shots that Huber reportedly hit Rittenhouse in the head with his skateboard. Rittenhouse fired a single shot that killed Huber. Following that, Grosskreutz reportedly approached Rittenhouse with his hands up. When Rittenhouse looked away for a second, Grosskreutz pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the teen. That was when Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz.
The Dan O'Donnell Show has revealed that Jump Kick Man is a 40-year-old black male from Kenosha, Wisconsin. His name has been withheld "as he has not been criminally charged in connection with the Rittenhouse case," according to the radio show host.
"Sources indicate that he contacted prosecutors and offered to testify, but in exchange requested immunity from an ongoing drunk driving and domestic abuse case with which he was charged in June," according to O'Donnell.
At the time of the shootings, the man was reportedly out on probation following a conviction for domestic violence battery. He originally faced a jail sentence of nine months, but accepted a plea deal less than two months before the August 25 incident.
That plea deal gave the man 12 months probation instead of jail time. He reportedly violated that plea deal the following year, and was sentenced to seven months in jail.
The man has a criminal record that dates back decades, including felony convictions for car theft, drug possession, ID theft, and escaping custody.
His first conviction reportedly listed in the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access online database is for felony escape, or escaping custody. He was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of extended supervision on the escape charge.
Once released, he was convicted in 2003 of possession of THC, and was sentenced to five days in jail. Another THC possession conviction got him one year of probation in 2007, according to O'Donnell.
He then reportedly violated the terms of that probation and was arrested on multiple counts of felony identity theft in 2008.
He was able to reach a plea deal in that case, and was sentenced to just three years of probation. Less than four months later, he escaped arrest in another incident and was sentenced to one year in jail.
Once released, he was reportedly convicted of car theft and was once again sentenced to probation. The arrest reportedly violated the terms of probation set forth by the identity theft case, and he was subsequently sentenced to two years of prison and two years of extended supervision.
He was convicted once again in 2013, this time of both drug possession and obstructing a police officer as a repeat offender, and was sentences to six months in jail.
Three years later, the man was charged as a repeat offender with domestic violence-related disorderly conduct, but received just two years of probation. In 2018, he violated the terms go that probation and was sentenced to 1290 days in jail.
According to O'Donnell, "At this point, Jump Kick Man had been sentenced to probation in three different cases and violated the terms of that probation every single time. Still, a judge last June sentenced him to probation yet again...and yet again he violated the terms of that probation earlier this year."
"He likely should have been in jail, though, and was not only because he received yet another break from the Kenosha County criminal justice system. In a very real sense, this break may have indirectly led to the death of Anthony Huber and shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz," he added.