Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse isn’t on the run — he’s in a “safe house” due to repeated death threats, his lawyers said.
The revelation comes after prosecutors sought to have the 18-year-old murder suspect rearrested and have his bail increased because he moved without telling authorities.
Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, is free on a $2 million bond.
But in a court filing this week, the teen’s lawyers said he’s not AWOL, but in a safe house — and said authorities knew that, Newsweek reported.
Defense attorney Mark Richards said his office spoke to prosecutors as early as November about his client moving to a safer home because he has received death threats.
“It is noteworthy that the state has only now decided to file a motion to increase bond in this case, despite having corresponded with (defense attorney Corey) Chirafisi regarding the change in Kyle’s residence over two months ago,” Richards wrote.
The court motion also claims that former Rittenhouse lawyer John Pierce was told by a Kenosha Police Department captain that he “absolutely should not provide” the teen’s actual address after he was released on bond due to safety concerns.
Rittenhouse is charged with murder and attempted murder charges in the Aug. 25 shooting death of two Black Lives Matter protesters and the wounding of a third.
The teen gunman was with an armed militia group in Kenosha guarding businesses against looters amid protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.
Video of the incident shows Rittenhouse fleeing after shooting one protester, and opening fire when others chased him and tried to stop him.
Rittenhouse returned home to Illinois and surrendered the following day.