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Disturbing details emerge on criminal histories of shooting victims in Kenosha

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KENOSHA, WI — Joseph Rosenbaum, who died after being allegedly shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, on Aug. 25, appears to have been charged by an Arizona grand jury with 11 counts of child molestation and inappropriate sexual activity around children, including sodomy.

Documents obtained by Wisconsin Right Now from the Pima County Arizona Clerk of Courts appear to show that Joseph Rosenbaum was charged by a grand jury with 11 counts of child molestation and inappropriate sexual activity around children, including sodomy.

Wisconsin Right Now also reported the following: The victims were five boys ranging in age from nine to 11 years old, but the 11 charges were amended in a plea deal, and Rosenbaum was convicted of amended counts.

According to online court records, Rosenbaum was sentenced to 10 years on Dec. 12, 2002 for sexual contact of a minor and then sentenced to 2 years, 6 months for sexual contact of a minor related to the same 2002 incident, Wisconsin Right Now reported. He was also reportedly put on lifetime probation on Dec. 16, 2002, according to the news organization.

Rosenbaum was convicted on Aug. 8, 2016 for interfering with a monitoring device, however, the court was asked to revoke his program after he was accused of consuming synthetic cannabinoid and alcohol, failing to participate in sex offender treatment and having accessed sexually oriented materials deemed inappropriate by the probation officer, according to Wisconsin Right Now.

Wisconsin Right Now reported it contacted the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and asked if it had a Joseph Rosenbaum on the sex offender registry. The department reportedly responded:

“There was a Joseph Rosenbaum on the Sex Offender Registry in the state of Wisconsin.

 “The DOC was notified by a medical examiner that the Joseph Rosenbaum we had in the registry is deceased.”

Wisconsin Right Now also reported Rosenbaum had an open case for misdemeanor bail jumping that was filed on July 30, 2020.

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The conditions of bond read: “Not to Possess or Consume Alcohol. *Not To Possess or Consume Controlled Substances w/o a Prescription. No contact including the residence, electronic or 3rd party with: Kariann S, Park Ridge Inn.”

Wisconsin Right Now also reported Rosenbaum also had open misdemeanor cases for battery (domestic abuse) and disorderly conduct (domestic abuse).

Video seems to show Rosenbaum as the man who chased Rittenhouse, who then fatally shot Rosenbaum.

 

Prior to his death, Rosenbaum was seen on video aggressively approaching armed people and saying, “Shoot me n****, shoot me!”

 

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Rittenhouse is charged with homicide in the deaths of Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.

Rittenhouse is also criminally charged in the shooting injury of Gaige Grosskreutz.

Rittenhouse’s lawyers maintain that the Illinois teenager’s actions were self-defense as they say he was attacked by a vicious mob that included Rosenbaum.

Along with Rosenbaum, the other two victims allegedly had criminal histories too, which Wisconsin Right Now reported on.

All three men were confronting Rittenhouse when shot, and two were trying to grab his gun. In the first case, Rittenhouse was running away.

In the second situation, it seems he tried to get away, but fell down.

 

Photos and videos show Rittenhouse being struck with Huber’s skateboard as multiple people come toward him, including Grosskreutz who had a gun in his right hand.

For more information about the situation in Kenosha, check out our report from Aug. 29.

Police arrested nine people on Aug. 26 for disorderly conduct after police received a tip about several suspicious vehicles with out-of-state license plates hanging out in a remote lot near a state highway in Kenosha.

Three vehicles – a black school bus, bread truck and tan minivan – were stopped by Kenosha police on Aug. 26 due to suspicions that the occupants were preparing for criminal activity related to civil unrest in Kenosha.

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According to Fox 29, Kenosha police received a citizen tip that the vehicles planned to meet in a remote lot near State Highway 50 and Green Bay Road.

Officers and U.S. Marshals arrived and began surveilling the vehicles and confirmed the out-of-state plates.

Police followed them to a gas station near Washington Road and 30th Avenue, where officers observed the occupants of the bus and bread truck exit and attempt to fill multiple fuel cans, according to KSTP News.

Suspecting that the occupants of these vehicles were preparing for criminal activity related to the city’s civil unrest, officers attempted to make contact and investigate.

Police noted:

“The officers exited their vehicles, identified themselves, were wearing appropriate identification and then detained the occupants of the bus and bread truck.”

The driver of the minivan tried to pull away, but the vehicle was stopped. Police forced entry and arrested the occupants.

According to police, the vehicles contained various items that included helmets, gas masks, protective vests, illegal fireworks and suspected controlled substances.

The nine individuals were arrested for disorderly conduct and are pending charging decisions by the Kenosha County district attorney, according to Fox 29.

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Federal law enforcement agents and more Wisconsin National Guard members were deployed to Kenosha on Wednesday. This was in response to pleas from local officials following three nights of violent riots, with countless businesses being looted and burned throughout the city.

The civil unrest was connected initially to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who was charged last month with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse. An arrest warrant for Blake had been issued on July 6, but was vacated on Aug. 28.

Blake was shot in front of his girlfriend’s home on Sunday by Kenosha police after resisting arrest.

Officials have said that the mother of three of Blake’s children had called 911 and reported that he was at her house and had taken her keys.

Blake was already wanted on charges in connection with the rape and domestic abuse of the same woman in May.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Department of Criminal Investigations said in a statement that Blake fought with police and was tased by two different officers, but the less-lethal weapon failed to control the suspect.

According to DCI, Blake allegedly admitted that he had a knife in his possession, and fled from officers to the front of his car.

The city exploded in riots after cell phone video of only part of the encounter went viral. The video appeared to show a Kenosha officer shooting Blake in the back seven times as Blake leaned into his SUV.

A knife was found inside the vehicle after the shooting, according to DCI.

Further unrest resulted from two fatal shootings by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who reportedly came to Kenosha to protect businesses from rioters who flocked to the city after the shooting of Blake.

One of the protesters Rittenhouse shot and killed, Joseph Rosenbaum, was caught on video prior to the shooting confronting armed people and repeatedly yelling, “Shoot me, n****!”

According to Rittenhouse’s criminal complaint filed Thursday in Kenosha County Circuit Court, an unarmed Rosenbaum followed Rittenhouse to a used car lot. A Daily Caller reporter identified as Richard McGinnis was trailing behind them.

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At the lot, Rosenbaum attempted to throw a plastic bag at Rittenhouse. McGinnis, who witnessed the incident, told authorities that Rosenbaum tried to grab Rittenhouse’s Smith & Wesson AR-15 style .223 rifle before he was shot, according to the New York Post.

When Rittenhouse heard other people calling for him to be beat up, he ran away. A man hit him, but ran away after Rittenhouse fired his weapon at him.

Rittenhouse continued running away, but tripped and fell down at one point.

While Rittenhouse was on the ground, Anthony Huberapproached him with a skateboard in his hand and reached for the teen’s gun.

Rittenhouse then fatally shot Huber.

Gaige Grosskreutz then approached Rittenhouse and pulled a handgun on him. The teen fired his weapon and shot Grosskreutz in the arm, wounding him.

Rittenhouse’s lawyer, L. Lin Wood, has insisted that his client was acting in self-defense and said:

“Take media rumors and accusations with a grain of salt. In time, lies are always revealed when truth is disclosed.”

On Friday, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told reporters at a press conference that some of the rioters arrested earlier in the week were still locked up because they had refused to provide identification or could not make bond.

He refused to answer any questions regarding the Blake shooting specifically. He told reporters that he hasn’t watched the two cell phone videos of the incident.

Beth has faced criticism regarding law enforcement officers who appeared to be helping and thanking militia members who were at the riots to help protect businesses.

The sheriff told reporters that the deputies seen passing out water to militia members from an armored vehicle were not from Kenosha County.

Beth said authorities were aware that militia members were in the crowd during the protests in Kenosha. He noted that their presence isn’t against the law:

“The fact that they were out there isn’t against the law.”

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