Joshua Ziminski and his wife Kelly Ziminski were in court today and officially charged with multiple felonies. Joshua was charged with felonies Armed burglary, robbery, intimidation of a victim, false imprisonment, ID Theft, and bail-jumping – all felonies as a party to a crime. Kelly was charged with the same felonies, without the bail-jumping charge. She was not out on bail like her husband, but was on extended supervision, which is similar to parole. Kelly will likely have her extended supervision revoked, and go back to prison on her earlier charges that are unrelated. Both were also charged with misdemeanor battery. Their bond was set at $100,000 each.
Joshua Ziminski and his wife Kelly were caught on camera rioting on August 25, 2020, the night Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two men in self defense. Ziminski shot his pistol in the air during the riots, moments before Kyle killed Joseph Rosenbaum. Joshua also lit a trailer on fire. The progressive DA, Mike Graveley went easy on Ziminski. He was out on bail at the time of this arrest for the Arson.
According to the criminal complaint:
On August 26, 2022 at about 2:00am, a Kenosha Patrol Officer encountered a 54-year-old man, the alleged victim in this case. He told police that two men and a woman he knew as “Bonnie” just robbed him. “Bonnie” is Kelly Ziminski’s porn-star name. (Explicit Link). He said he met Kelly a week before and she cleaned his home for money. The alleged victim told police that he heard a knock at his door at about 1:20am that night and it was Kelly. She asked to use the bathroom and he allowed her in, but then Joshua and a third man followed her in. Joshua then grabbed the man at knife-point and demanded all the man’s money in the home. The man told Joshua that he didn’t have any money in the home but had some in his bank. Joshua then put the knife to the man’s back and pushed him outside into a full-sized GMC. The man tried to dial 9-1-1 but Joshua took the phone away. They demanded the man’s PIN number and ATM card. They then proceeded to drive to Lou Perrine’s, Speedway, Kwik Trip and Chase, all on Washington Rd. Each time, the transaction failed. They ended up back at Lou Perrine’s. The man then escaped at the gas station even with the men trying to stop him. The victim was able to pick put Ziminski out of a photo line-up. Ziminski and the other man threatened to kill the man and bury him where no one would find him. The Ziminskis told police that the reason for their actions is that the man raped Kelly.
Joshua is facing almost 59 years in the Wisconsin Prison system if convicted and Kelly is facing almost 53 years.
Prosecutor Drew Lehman made a bold statement about the need for a high bond. He asked court commissioner Loren Keating to hold both of the defendants on $100,000 each. Lehman said that the bail that Joshua was out on wasn’t enough to prevent further criminal conduct and he had a long violent criminal history including several convictions for illegal possession of a firearm and violating restraining orders. “These charged are violent in nature and include a weapon.” said Lehman. Defense attorney Michael Barth asked for a lower bond saying that Ziminski’s $14,000 bail for his arson / rioting case was paid by his mother who had to cash in her retirement. Commissioner Keating agreed with Lehman and had strong words of his own. He was concerned by the violent behavior with a weapon. “You have great exposure [of prison time].” Ziminski was using profanity and was upset because the commissioner is “taking [his] kids’ parents from them.” He was also upset that the commissioner isn’t allowing him to have contact with his wife while out on bail. Keating also told Ziminski that he couldn’t go near any of the locations of the ATMs. Ziminski responded, “I don’t got $100 grand, I’m not going anywhere.”
Kelly didn’t want us to photograph her at first, but then gave up holding paper in front of her face.
We asked Kenosha DA Graveley if he was going to give the Ziminskis a break again or send them to prison, he didn’t return our email.