On July 30, 2022, Lou Perrine’s owner Anthony Perrine was arrested for Disorderly Conduct / Domestic Abuse after allegations of domestic violence with his wife, Mrs. Perrine. The two are going through a divorce according to online records.
According to the police report, Pleasant Prairie Police received a 9-1-1 call from one of Anthony’s wife’s children. “If I say anything, it’s going to be worse for me, I told the kids to call the police before it escalated,” said Mrs. Perrine. Mrs. Perrine told an officer with Pleasant Prairie Police that Anthony wanted an “open relationship” because of his heavy work schedule. She told police she agreed and found someone else to be in an open relationship with and that made Anthony upset. He wanted to go through her phone but he didn’t know the passcode. He asked the kids for it, but they wouldn’t give it to him. Anthony then smashed her phone and admitted as much. He tried to explain to police that the phone was his and he bought it. The officer responded with “marital property.” The officer was likely referencing Wis Stat §939.22(28) which says ” ‘Property of another’ means property in which a person other than the actor has a legal interest which the actor has no right to defeat or impair, even though the actor may also have a legal interest in the property.” This means that the phone that Anthony admitted to smashing was also the property of his wife and he still could be successfully prosecuted for the act as damage to property or Disorderly Conduct /Domestic Abuse.
Officer Arzikovic told Mrs. Perrine that “domestic issues [like] this one only get worse” to which Mrs. Perrine responded that she knew that and said “he fucked me up the other day.” She then lifted her pants leg displaying a bruise located just below her left knee. Officer Arzikovic later determined that Perrine had hit her on July 26, 2022. Mrs. Perrine said she came home very intoxicated that night and they argued about her other relationship, at which time he struck her. Mrs. Perrine told police that she filed for divorce about a month and a half ago and she was worried because Anthony was the owner of Lou Perrine’s and had law enforcement in his pocket. She finally told police that she was afraid she would receive a form of physical, mental and financial consequences from speaking with police. She stated she relied on Anthony for financial reasons, and his arrest would make everything really difficult for her. When Anthony was told he was under arrest, he became agitated saying, “So this bitch is gonna come bond me out, right?…..UN MOTHER-FUCKIN REAL!” He expressed how concerned he was that the arrest would be in the news.
Anthony asked which District Attorney this would be going to and the police said “The Kenosha DA.” This seemed to relieve Anthony who later said, “I have political friends.”
KCE was tipped off about this arrest. We followed up with Kenosha DA Mike Graveley and learned this case was scheduled to go to court, but it was called off last minute. We asked Graveley why he didn’t charge Perrine. He told us he didn’t know who Anthony Perrine was and said the charging decision wasn’t political.
KCE reached out to Mrs. Perrine through her divorce attorney to see if she wanted to talk to us. She agreed. We wanted to make sure that our reporting of this incident wouldn’t put her in danger. The following is above and beyond what most media would do. We may not do it again. This author met with Mrs. Perrine at “The Buzz” at 10:00am on September 21, 2022. We sat outside for the interview. Mrs. Perrine begged this author not to write a story saying that she and Anthony are working on their marriage. She said she thought it was a grudge against the Perrine family because we also wrote about a sex offender relative of his, Mike Perrine, over a year ago. She was assured it wasn’t a grudge. This author was going to dump this story out of respect for the alleged victim. That was, however, until we saw 110,000 reasons to write the article. Ostensibly, a couple of hours before or after our interview, Mrs. Perrine signed off on her final divorce which awarded her a $110,000 payment from Anthony and their divorce is scheduled to be final on December 12, 2022.
We promised her we would email her if we were going to write the story. She asked us to wait until after the weekend of the September 24th and 25th becuase she told us she and Anthony were celebrating their anniversary. We did. Today we emailed her that we were going forward with the story. She threatened to sue this author if we wrote the article. She told us she recorded our interview and made other threats that resemble extortion. Mrs. Perrine is from out-of-town so she doesn’t know that this author doesn’t respond well to threats. For sake of transparency, we are releasing both the police report and the body-worn-camera footage.