Joseph Donald “Jojo” Rosenbaum of Waco, Texas, United States was one of the men Kyle H. Rittenhouse shot on August 25, 2020. They were in the same Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA that day.
During the demonstration, Rittenhouse was one of the armed civilians who wanted to protect businesses from vandalism. Wearing a red shirt, Rosenbaum was one of the protesters demanding justice for Jacob Blake, who was shot by Kenosha Police Department officer Rusten Sheskey in the back at least eight times on August 23, 2020.
Former Marine Jason Lackowski also attended the demonstration. When he testified in court on November 5, 2021, he said he saw Rosenbaum asking “very bluntly to shoot him” and taking a few “false steppings,” enticing someone “to do something.”
Rittenhouse was carrying a Smith & Wesson AR-15 style .223 rifle. Rosenbaum threw a plastic bag at Rittenshouse and tried to grab the rifle.
That was when Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum in the back, groin and left hand. The latter had a superficial wound to his left thigh and a graze wound to his forehead.
Moreover, Rosenbaum’s pelvis was fractured and his right lung and liver were perforated. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was 5’3″ and his registered weight was 165 lbs.
- He went to McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
- On December 16, 2002, he was convicted in Arizona and was sentenced to 12 and a half years for two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. He racked up 42 disciplinary infractions while serving his sentence at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman in Florence, Arizona.
- He was found guilty of disobeying order in Arizona on August 6, 2003, on April 28, 2004, on August 8, 2005 and on April 10, 2009.
- In Arizona, he was found guilty of assault with weapon on January 22, 2007, possession or manufacture of weapon on May 15, 2008, tampering with security or safety development on April 10, 2009 and arson and possession of drugs or narcotics on October 23, 2009.
- In Arizona, he was found guilty of assault on staff on March 16, 2009, on April 10, 2009, on March 3, 2010 and on March 31, 2010 and of obstructing staff on August 17, 2010.
- From 2011 to 2014, he attended Pima Community College in Pima County, Arizona.
- On August 15, 2017, he was included in the Wisconsin sex offender registry. He was removed from the registry after his death.
- He has a daughter born in 2018.
- On August 27, 2019, he was engaged to Kariann Sue Swart.
- From Arizona, he moved to Kenosha in 2019. He started working at a Wendy’s restaurant in Kenosha on October 7, 2019.
- He had an open case for misdemeanor bail jumping, which was filed on July 30, 2020. The conditions of bond prohibited him from possessing or consuming alcohol and controlled substances without a prescription and from having contact with Swart including her residence, electronic or third party. While he was on medication for bipolar disorder and depression, he did not fill his prescriptions because the local pharmacy was boarded up as a result of the unrest on August 25, 2020, Swart said when she testified in court on November 5, 2021.
- He died at the age of 37. He was shot four times on August 25, 2020 by someone who was within four feet of him based on the autopsy report, Dr. Doug Kelley, a forensic pathologist with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, said during the murder trial of Rittenhouse on November 9, 2021.