A Wisconsin man who allegedly admitted to buying the rifle used by Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old Illinois boy accused of fatally shooting two people during an August 25 protest in Kenosha — was arrested Friday on felony charges.
Dominick Black, 19, was reportedly charged with intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to someone under 18 causing death. Black also said he drove Rittenhouse back to Antioch, Illinois, after the shootings with the AR-15-style weapon in the trunk of his car, according to the Kenosha News.
The criminal complaint stated that Black offered to break curfew on August 25 to protect a Car Source business with another AR-15-style rifle. Black allegedly asked Rittenhouse to join him.
Kenosha News reported that the owner of the Car Souce said he never asked Rittenhouse to guard his business.
Black and Rittenhouse reportedly went to Black’s stepfather’s home and Black gave Rittenhouse a gun to use that night. Black’s stepfather allegedly said that Black purchased the gun for Rittenhouse in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, with Rittenhouse’s money but Black registered the gun in his name.
Black told police he knew it was illegal for Rittenhouse to have the rifle, but thought Rittenhouse would have “thrown a fit” if he could not take the rifle, the complaint stated.
According to the document, Black “told Kyle that he (Black) was going to be in more trouble than Kyle. He told Kyle that he (Kyle) was defending himself and said he told Kyle ‘in all reality, you are not supposed to have that gun. That gun was in my name.'”
Antioch police spoke to Black two hours after Rittenhouse turned himself in on August 26 and the next day. Black reportedly claimed he was on a roof of the building and did not witness the deadly shooting involving Rittenhouse. Black called Rittenhouse at some point after the shooting; the pair reportedly met up and drove away in Black’s vehicle.
Rittenhouse allegedly used an AR-15-style weapon to fatally shoot demonstrators Joesph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, during August’s protest regarding the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse was ultimately extradited to Kenosha, where he is charged with intentional homicide, attempted homicide, reckless homicide, recklessly endangering safety, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18. His bail was set at $2 million.
Black’s bond was set at $2,500. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 19.
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[Featured image: Dominick Black/Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department; Kyle Rittenhouse/YouTube video screengrab]