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Mysterious 'Jump Kick Man' who took aim at Kyle Rittenhouse's head last year identified as Maurice Freeland — a 39-year-old with a lengthy criminal history

Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images (left); Kenosha County Sheriff's Department (right)

The previously unknown individual who jump-kicked at the head of then-17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse on the night of the Kenosha shootings last year has been identified as Maurice Freeland — a 39-year-old with an extensive criminal history, Fox News reported.

Rittenhouse's defense attorneys revealed the identity of the so-called "Jump Kick Man" to Fox News, the cable network said.

What are the details?

Rittenhouse testified that he fired at Freeland in self-defense but missed: "I thought if I were to be knocked out, he would have stomped my face in if I didn't fire."

Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Seconds after Freeland's jump kick, Anthony Huber bashed Rittenhouse's head with a skateboard and attempted to take his rife — during which Rittenhouse fatally shot Huber.

Then came the confrontation with Gaige Grosskreutz, who admitted to jurors that he aimed a loaded gun at Rittenhouse's head before the defendant shot off part of his bicep.

Freeland, Huber, and Grosskreutz were all part of a mob chasing Rittenhouse down a street after the defendant fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, who had been chasing Rittenhouse and threatening his life. Rittenhouse also testified that he shot Rosenbaum, Huber, and Grosskreutz in self-defense.

What else do we know about Freeland?

Fox News said Freeland's criminal history includes more than 45 offenses over the past 21 years, including domestic abuse, drunk driving, damaging property, theft, and violating parole.

Freeland's inmate record from the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department shows the Racine, Wisconsin, resident — who stands 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 215 pounds — was charged less than a month ago with battery and disorderly conduct.

Image source: Kenosha County Sheriff's Department

Freeland approached the Rittenhouse prosecutors during the trial and offered to testify in exchange for immunity from other charges, including a DUI, but prosecutors rejected the offer, Fox News said, citing a source familiar with the discussions.

Rittenhouse is facing one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon for firing the shots at Freeland, the cable network noted, adding that the charge carries a maximum sentence of 12 1/2 years in prison, plus up to five more years with the weapons modifier.

Fox News said Freeland could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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