Nine felony charges filed against Kenosha man including false imprisonment and stalking | Local News

A 26-year-old Kenosha man is being held in Kenosha County Jail on a $ 100,000 cash loan on nine criminal charges, including five for false imprisonment and one for stalking.

Joseph D. Bickwermert of the 2600 block on 63rd Street is expected to make an adjourned first appearance before Inspector Larry Keating on December 14 in Kenosha County Court.

The court records indicate that he has yet to be assigned a lawyer. Keating put the $ 100,000 bond on Bickwermert’s first appearance on October 13th.

In addition to the six charges, Bickwermert was also charged with two charges of threatening bodily harm and one of driving a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

If convicted on any count, the defendant faces a maximum fine of US $ 90,000 and 54 years in prison. He is also being charged as a repeat offender, which could add four years to the potential jail term.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman reported to the Kenosha police on September 29 that the defendant had held her against her will, threatened her death and took her vehicle and refused to return it.

She told police that the incidents began in late August when Bickwermert arrived at her apartment, rang the doorbell, and knocked on the door for 30 minutes to an hour. The defendant saw her driving in the city in September and followed her.

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At some point, Bickwermert is said to have put his dirt bike in front of her car and knocked on the window, according to the complaint.

The woman told police that she was then held in an apartment against her will and when she tried to leave the house the defendant allegedly blocked the door of a bedroom with knives between the door and the frame to prevent the door from opening let. She stated that she was in this apartment for about a week and a half.

Bickwermert is also accused of cycling past the woman’s workplace three times, leaving notes on her vehicle and making “hundreds and hundreds” of calls from a blocked number on one day in September.

Later in September, the woman informed the police that she had been approached by the defendant in her car when he allegedly told her, “Do not try to leave” and “We would both die today”. Bickwermert took control of the vehicle and said he was “driving them onto the Autobahn to kill them both”.

The woman said she tried to yell out the window as two police officers drove past, but couldn’t get her attention.

Bickwermert is said to have later taken her car after it was parked on 39th Avenue.

Bickwermert was arrested on October 8, the ad said after police were called to the Kenosha Public Library when he allegedly followed the woman and called her phone multiple times.

Court records show that he had a previous conviction of strangulation and domestic violence in 2019 and was also convicted of assault in 2019.

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