A Calumet County Circuit Court Judge issued a body warrant for a Kenosha man on November 18, 2021. A body warrant means that he must see a judge before he will be given a bond. If arrested, he is ineligible to bond out and will be transported to Calumet County. Jesus “Jesse” Salazar (31) of Kenosha was charged with one count of felony theft -false representation (> $10,000 – $100,000) as a repeater. If convicted, he faces 16 years of imprisonment.
According to the criminal complaint filed by prosecutors, Salazar met a 70-year old Appleton man on Grindr. The two men “hung out” for about two weeks. The alleged victim was selling his 2013 Cadillac for $10,000. Salazar offered the man $15,000. The man signed over the title to Salazar and Salazar later gave him a check for $15,000. The check bounced. Salazar then asked the man for his bank account information to wire him the money. The man reported that instead of being paid the $15,000, $4,000 was taken out of his account and more later, seemingly from Salazar. The man reported this activity to police. He told police that Salazar told the man he was an attorney out of Chicago, a probation officer in Wisconsin, a professional actor, and a investigative reporter with NBC Chicago. The alleged victim is out on bond for 7 counts of possession of drugs including one felony. Salazar told the man that he would represent him in this matter as his attorney. The alleged victim told police that Salazar dodged his calls for about a month and received 24 toll violations in the mail.
The vehicle was entered as stolen and Salazar was arrested in Kenosha on July 3, 2021. Kenosha Police asked Kenosha DA Mike Graveley to charge Salazar with felony operating a vehicle without owner’s consent and Graveley refused. Salazar was released on 9/30/2021, serving about three months for a probation hold. Shortly after being charged in Calumet County, prosecutors in Will County, Illinois asked a judge for a warrant to revoke Salazar’s probation. He was on probation for a battery/cause bodily harm conviction from December of 2019. He was scheduled to be terminated from probation last month but now it will likely be revoked. He is now wanted in Wisconsin and Illinois.
While incarcerated in the Kenosha County Jail, Appleton investigators questioned Salazar. At first Salazar denied the allegations, but later in the interview he finally gave up telling police “I did it, man. I’m not going to sit here an lie to officers.” Salazar said he has a cocaine, alcohol, and meth habit for the last five years. Salazar gave police consent to analyze his cell phone, but he later rescinded consent so police got a warrant. Police went through Salazar’s phone and said they found evidence that he “scammed” many victims in Illinois and Wisconsin. In one case they say he impersonated an investigator from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
Salazar has convictions for stalking, violating state/county institution laws and issuing worthless checks in 2011, hit and run resulting in injury in 2012, impersonating a peace officer in 2013, election fraud in 2016, and disorderly conduct in 2019. The only known record in Illinois is the batter/bodily harm from Will County, Illinois.
Reached by cell phone, Salazar told KCE he is working to set up a voluntary appearance for the Wisconsin warrant.