A Kenosha woman is being held at the Kenosha County jail on $50,000 bail. Today, Crystal Nerisom, 34, of Kenosha, was charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court with First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon, Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and Negligent Handling of a Weapon. If convicted of all charges, Nerison faces more than 23 years in the Wisconsin prison system.
According to the criminal complaint, Nerison was at a tavern in the 2700 block of 60th Street in Kenosha just after 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning with about seven others. She and a male subject began to argue and the entire group was kicked out of the establishment.
Outside the tavern is where police and prosecutors say that Nerison started firing towards the group of people out of her SUV. She then accelerated towards the group, drove onto the sidewalk, and hit one of the pedestrians who was knocked up onto the hood of her vehicle. A Kenosha police officer pulled her vehicle over immediately, but she convinced this officer that she was fleeing from a man who was shooting at her. The officer let her go because he feared there were others in danger.
Nerison was later positively identified by a witness in a photo lineup. She was also identified by another witness who was attempting to enter the bar during the shooting. Police recovered five 9 mm shell castings at the scene.
Today in court, Assistant District Attorney Brenda Valdes asked for a significant bail to be set. Assistant public defender Zachary Caley strangely asked the court commissioner to release Nerison on a cashless bail.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating, a former cop, quickly dismissed Caley’s argument, stating that a high cash bail was needed. He set the cash bail at $50,000. Nerison seemed confused by the high amount and asked her attorney very loudly, “So I have to stay in jail?”
She is due back in court on November 2, 2022, for a preliminary examination.