A $1 million arrest warrant was signed for 35-year-old Stephon K. Hawthorne, of Kenosha, for a homicide that occurred on October 13, 2022, near the intersection of 24th Av and 63rd St. Police and prosecutors say that Hawthorne gunned down 40-year-old Carl Vines, Jr. Both men are convicted felons with violent criminal records.
Hawthorne should in fact, have be in prison. Hawthorne has an open felony case for fleeing and eluding officers where he was out on a $2,500 cash bond. He was also charged in 2017 with seven serious charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute cocaine (second offense). Incredibly, Kenosha DA Mike Graveley’s progressive office dismissed the two felonies and let him plead guilty to only two misdemeanors. Hawthorne received only two years of probation. He could have been sentenced to about 20 years in prison had it not been for the overly-generous plea deal.
According to the criminal complaint, a Kenosha Police officer heard a gunshot and responded to the area of 63rd St. and 24th Ave. The officer encountered Vines in the middle of the road bleeding heavily. Vines later died at the hospital. He was positively identified by a witness and a security camera.
A 32-year-old Kenosha woman, Kristen Quinonez, was charged with harboring or aiding a felon becuase of her involvement in this investigation. According to the criminal complaint, she told one of the first responding officers “no, no it wasn’t him (talking about Hawthorne), he ran down there.” Because of this, police didn’t arrest Hawthorne who was still on the scene of the shooting. Quinonez helped throw police of his scent and Hawthorne got away. She was also charged with two counts of felony bail jumping. She was in court on October 14, 2022, and given a $25,000 cash bail. She is still in police custody.
Kenosha Police warn that Hawthorne is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 9-1-1 and do not approach. If you know where he is, please call KPD detectives at 262-605-5203 or Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333 if you wish to remain anonymous. KCE delayed in reporting on this warrant since October 16, 2022, at the request of the Kenosha Police Department.