Layout 1

Kenosha County Eye

Search
Close this search box.
Search
Close this search box.

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

Share
Tweet
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.

Paid Advertisement
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.

Paid Advertisement
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.

Paid Advertisement

Author

Share
Tweet
LATEST NEWS

Drug-Using Foster Mom, Professional Counselor, Arrested For Allegedly Carrying A Firearm While Drunk

A Kenosha foster mom was taken into custody by the Kenosha Police Department early Tuesday morning according to the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department inmate search. Police recommended to the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office that Jacqueline Covelli-Niccolai, 37, of Kenosha, be charged with “Going Armed With Firearm While Intoxicated,” a misdemeanor. Reports show that someone called police at 2:24 am to ask them to check on the welfare of Niccolai at her far-south side home. When police

Read More »

One Cited After Courthouse Disturbance Involving Deceased 5-Year-Old

The family of a deceased little girl named Zha’riyah Robinson tell KCE the mother of the man on trial for raping her, Lindsay Schroeder, smiled at them as she left the courtroom today, starting a disturbance at about 9:40 am. Dozens of police officers and Sheriff’s Deputies poured onto 56th st in front of the courthouse. KCE spoke to two of Zha’riyah’s aunts, her mother, her grandmother and her grandfather. They were very upset leaving today’s

Read More »
MORE TOP STORIES

16-Year-Old Shot To Death Monday Night, 18-Year-Old In Custody For Negligent Homicide

At 8:30 a.m., two Kenosha Police Officers stood guard over the crime scene in the 4800 block of 36th Ave. According to reports, a 16-year-old child visiting from out of town lost his life last night in this home. Just after 8:00 p.m., police and rescue personal were called out to the residence for a male with a gunshot wound. According to reports, life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Detectives and the medical examiner were called to the

Read More »

Kenosha Police Cold Case Vault: The Murder Of Hozia Jackson

Hozia D. Jackson lived near Chicago, IL. He was last seen at a house party on February 25, 2012. He wasn’t seen alive again. On March 2, 2012, his family reported him missing to the Chicago Police Department. The Chicago police had suspended their missing person investigation on April 2, 2013. On April 5, 2016 at about 10:20 a.m., a surveyor in the area just off the frontage road near highway 158, found the remains of

Read More »

Pritzker Military Museum and Library Ribbon Cutting – In Photos

The Pritzker Military Museum and Library celebrated its opening with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting today, May 25, 2024 at 11:00 a.m., just two days before this years’ Memorial Day. The museum was founded by billionaire philanthropist and retired Lieutenant Colonel Pritzker of the Pritzker family. The new building, built in Somers over the last few years is the new location for the museum, which was relocated from Chicago, IL, where Col. Pritzker’s brother is the Governor. About

Read More »

Now Hiring – Village Of Salem Lakes

The Village of Salem Lakes is under new leadership and the Village Board recently increased the pay for several positions. The benefits packages are among the best in the region. The Village is seeking: Village Clerk – Earns between $65,000 and $90,000 depending on qualifications. Click here to read the requirements, duties, and how to apply. Assistant to the Village Administrator – Earns between $60,000 and $90,000 depending on qualifications. Click here to read the requirements,

Read More »

Kenosha County Is A Leader In The State For Sending People To Prison – Why?

Wisconsin has sent 3,152 people to prison From April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024. For the sake of this discussion, we are talking about “new sentences” only – not any other reason, such as probation and extended supervision revocations. KCE often refers to the Kenosha County DA’s office as “soft on crime.” That doesn’t sit well with Kenosha’s District Attorney, Michael Graveley (D). He believes KCE is cherry-picking data and challenged KCE to use objective

Read More »

16-Year-Old High School Student Pleads Not Guilty To Two Police Chases – Facing Almost 40 Years In Prison

A 16-year-old student at Indian Trail High School and Academy has been charged with four very serious felonies for two separate car chases that allegedly occurred on April 27, 2024. Sunny A. Patel was briefly charged as a juvenile, but quickly was waived into adult court. Patel was charged with two count of Attempting to Flee or Elude an Officer and two counts of First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety. The former comes with a maximum prison

Read More »

Samantha Kerkman Delivers 2024 State of the County Address, Unveils New Logo For Kenosha County

Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman presented her annual State of the County address to the County Board this evening, highlighting recent successes while unveiling a new county logo. “The State of Kenosha County is strong — and it’s looking better all the time,” Kerkman said, referencing a rebranding process more than a year in the making. The new logo, Kenosha County’s first since 1982, moves the county’s brand into the 21st century, Kerkman said. “The new

Read More »

Silver Lake Man Arrested, Charged For “Stalking” Women On Silver Lake Walking Trail

A multiple felon named Dale H. Lassiter of Silver Lake, was arrested Sunday, May 19, 2024 by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. The 28-year-old’s arrest occurred after a pair of allegedly sexually-related attacks on two separate women – Saturday and Sunday. Lassiter is behind bars, holding on two separate $1,000 cash bails. He needs to post $2,000 to be released pending trial. He was charged with fourth degree sexual assault, lewd and lascivious behavior, and two

Read More »

Salem Lakes Board Appoints Pete Poli To Vacant Trustee Position – Sworn In Tonight

The Salem Lakes Village Board appointed 51-year-old business owner Pete Poli to sit alongside them on the board. The vacancy was created by Kathryn “Kelly” Sweating as she resigned for health reasons. The board voted 5 to 1 to appoint Poli to the board. Poli was challenged by resident Doug Randolph. Both men were given the opportunity to answer several questions in writing before tonight’s meeting. They also gave opening statements and were asked questions by

Read More »

Fired KUSD Teacher Groomed Student “For Sex”: Civil Lawsuit Filed Today

A fired teacher at KTEC West named Christian Enwright groomed a 13, and later 14-year-old student, from June of 2023 until he was caught in February of 2024. He did this for the purpose of having sex with the child at some point. This is according to a civil suit filed today in the Kenosha County Circuit Court. Named in the suit is Enwright and his insurance company (if he has one.) According to the 38-page

Read More »
Categories
Archives
Authors

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.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

LATEST NEWS
Categories
Archives
Authors

Subscribe to updates

Get notified of new articles. We'll never share your email address.