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Kenosha County Eye

Half Million Dollar Cash Bond For Kenosha Man Who Terrorized Gas Station Patrons, Employees

Jonathan Petersen (19) and his Attorney Benjamin Schwarz (Left)
Assistant District Attorneys Alex Huber and Brenda Valdez (Right)
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye – Cell Phone)

Kenosha Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating today assigned a 19-year-old Kenosha man, Jonathan Petersen, a $500,000 cash bond for a series of very serious criminal allegations. Petersen was charged today with 16 counts (one count for each of the employees and patrons inside Kwik Trip at the time) of “Terrorist Threats.” Each of the 16 counts also includes a “dangerous weapon” modifier that increases the maximum prison sentence from 2 years to 6 years for each count. Petersen was also charged with the violation of a restraining order. Assistant Kenosha District Attorney Alex Huber asked for a $100,000 cash bail.

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Petersen’s Booking Photo

In all, Petersen is facing almost 100 years of prison time for his alleged actions on Monday, June 13, 2022. Police and prosecutors say that 9-1-1 dispatchers received multiple calls about a man inside a Somers Kwik Trip with a rifle. That man, they say, was Jonathan Petersen and was likely targeting a 20-year old woman who had obtained a temporary restraining order against Petersen on April 11, 2022 and a 4-year order on April 18, 2022 in front of Commissioner Keating where they both testified. She alleged that he stalked and harassed her for months starting when they worked together at Pick N Save.

Court Commissioner Loren “Larry” Keating
(File photo taken by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

When police arrived, Petersen was holding a rifle and a knife. He was close to the 20-year old woman. According to the 8-page criminal complaint, many of the witnesses heard Petersen threatening to kill people in the store and also to commit suicide. Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies were able to successfully avoid a suicide-by-cop and tasered Petersen to subdue him. He was taken into custody. A 49-year old man, who KCE is not identifying, was in the gas station to use the ATM, was able to escape the store. He spoke today in front of the court, asking for a higher bond than the $100,000 amount requested by prosecutors. “I don’t have a problem with guns, I own guns. But to be face to face and point one at another person?” The 20-year old woman, who KCE is not identifying, had the restraining order against Petersen and was the likely target, also spoke to the court. “I don’t feel safe. Please give him more than a $100,000 bond or no bond.” Commissioner Keating politley corrected the woman. In Wisconsin there must be a cash bond issued. One cannot be held “without bond.” Notwithstanding, Keating ordered Petersen to come up with a half million dollars if he wants to be released before trial. The parents of the defendant told deputies that they wanted to address the court, but “Marsy’s Law”, a Wisconsin Constitutional amendment only allows alleged victims to address a court during hearings such as an initial appearance.

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Petersen Being Walked Out Of Kwik Trip by Deputies (Submitted Photo)

The rifle turned out to be an air-soft gun, not a real rifle, but that doesn’t change the way the victims would have been traumatized. Petersen gave a full confession to police, admitting that he had planned this for many months. He also planned to go to his previous place of employment, Pick N Save, to target someone he had a problem with there as well.

Petersen is next due in court on June 23, 2022 for a preliminary hearing.

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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3 Responses

  1. Thank you Kevin for your straight forward reporting. You are truly a blessing in these times of deceit and disinformation.
    It seems our judicial system can work, if only for the lack of the perps status in life, if the well intentioned would just begin to stand up.

  2. Truly a disturbed individual. I am glad no one got physically hurt and I hope he gets the help he needs. I agree with a high bond. I also think we are not doing enough to prevent situations like this when a restraining order was in place with good evidence of abusive behavior. This person seems pathetically powerless and had no one enforce and teach correct behavior.
    Please ladies, DO NOT WAIT months to report stalking. Stalking is a psychologically weak and dishonest way of trying to control you. These people are sick and need to be addressed by law enforcement and get psychological help.

  3. Hmm, even a scumbag like Keating can do the right thing once in a while. Gravely should take note. Plus, if they keep doing the right thing, Keating, Gravely, any scumbag really, eventually they won’t be scumbags any more.

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