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Kenosha Woman Charged with Pointing Gun at Parent in Middle School Parking Lot

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According to the criminal complaint, Amber Arnold told the victim, “You will care when I shoot you.”The defendant opened her driver-side door and pulled out a small silver handgun, pointed it at the victim and called him a “Cracker,” the complaint says.

A Kenosha woman is facing multiple charges after she is accused of pointing a handgun at another parent while they were waiting at a Kenosha middle school parking lot, while calling him a racial slur.

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Amber arnold (36) of kenosha appears in court on 3/22/2022 (photo by kevin mathewson, kenosha county eye)

They were apparently waiting for their children to get out of school.

According to the criminal complaint, Amber Arnold told the victim, “You will care when I shoot you.” The defendant opened her driver-side door and pulled out a small silver handgun, pointed it at the victim and called him a “Cracker,” the complaint said.

However, she is not charged with a hate crime penalty enhancer.

Arnold is charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, with pointing a firearm at another, and with disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon, and resisting an officer.


Hate Crime Enhancer?

Wisconsin Right Now reached out to Kenosha county DA Mike Graveley and asked him why a hate crime enhancer was not requested. This was his response:

As always  I think the charging decision comes down to what you estimate can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury.  The victim indicates he was called “a cracker” during the incident,  The charged party indicates racial references were directed at her.  Two independent witnesses were interviewed and indicated swearing was occurring from Arnold but did not mention the term the victim indicated.  All charges that were chosen can be verified by video, multiple eyewitness accounts, or the found firearm.  The enhancer cannot be verified by any of those means based on this investigation. Again, the burden on the state is beyond a reasonable doubt.    In contrast, a hate crime was charged in the case of Robert Carver where two separate, unrelated witnesses confirmed a racial epithet was uttered multiple times before the crime occurred.  


Amber Arnold Criminal Complaint

The complaint alleges:

The victim stated he was sitting in his vehicle in the student pickup line at Mahone Middle School when a white Mercedes SUV almost hit him and parked in the crosswalk in front of him.

He said he told Arnold she could not park there and almost hit his vehicle.

She said she “would only be a minute and that it was not a big deal.”

He repeated that she almost hit him and told her to move her car.

The man says Arnold responded by saying, “you will care when I shoot you,” and pulled out a silver handgun and pointed it at him.

She raised the gun to her chest and called him a “Cracker.”

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Amber arnold (36) of kenosha appears in court on 3/22/2022 (photo by kevin mathewson, kenosha county eye)

 

She then drove off, but the man took a picture of her license plates.

Another woman witnessed the incident. This woman reported that Amber Arnold told the victim to mind his own business and that she would “shoot his a**.”

She first made her hand into a finger gun and pointed it at him, then went to her car and pulled out a silver handgun and pointed it at the victim, using profanity, the complaint alleges a witness said.

The principal told police that Amber Arnold had returned to school to provide her daughter a uniform for sports tryouts.

Video surveillance footage was obtained and showed the defendant in a “shooter style stance” pointing an object with her right hand at the male in the minivan.

When confronted by police, Amber Arnold claimed “it was a toy,” that the man “threatened me” and claimed he said, “you black n****, I’ll lynch you and your daughter.” She said she had a concealed carry permit.

When told she was under arrest, she is accused of attempting to close the door on the officers. Authorities found a 9mm Taurus pistol in the white Mercedes SUV in the garage.

She later claimed she had a nerf gun.

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Court commissioner loren keating (photo by kevin mathewson, kenosha county eye)

According to Kenosha County Eye, Commissioner Loren Keating called the allegations “disturbing” and admonished the alleged behavior due to the fact that there were families and children were present.

Arnold Faces a maximum of just over 6.5 years in Prison. She paid the $3,000 bond and was released.

She is due back in court on March 29 for a preliminary hearing.


Amber Arnold Kenosha County Booking History

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Jim Piwowarczykhttps://www.wisconsinrightnow.com/
Jim Piwowarczyk is an investigative journalist and co-founder of Wisconsin Right Now.
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