Menominee man charged with Brown County homicide

Woman was shot in her driveway in August 2016
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Warren Bluhm, wbluhm@newmedia-wi.com


Anthony Kitchenakow

Bond was set at $2 million cash Friday for a Suring area man who has been charged with the shooting death of a Bellevue woman two years ago.

Anthony J. Kitchenakow, 46, was arrested Sept. 26 at his home on the Menominee Indian Reservation and extradited to Brown County, where he is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Authorities believe he shot and killed Suzette Langlois, a 52-year-old mother of two, while she was parked in her driveway on Manitowoc Road in the early morning of Aug. 29, 2016.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Brown County Circuit Court, Langlois was talking on her cellphone with a friend and said she was being followed by someone in a red pickup truck.

The friend quoted Langlois as saying “there was a male and female approaching her, but she was unable to see their faces because they had their faces covered.” A moment later, she heard yelling and Langlois saying, “No, don’t,” and then silence.

After the friend tried unsuccessfully to call back several times, she called Langlois’ boyfriend, Jason Barfell, and said something had happened to Langlois.

The autopsy indicated the woman died of a close contact gunshot wound behind her left ear, according to the complaint.

Langlois’ daughter told police her mother had been locking the doors in the days leading up to the shooting because of threats to Barfell.

Over the next two years, investigators talked to acquaintances who claimed Kitchenakow said the bullet that killed Langlois was actually meant for Barfell, who supposedly owed him a drug debt, the complaint said. Sheriff’s detectives also learned that Kitchenakow often drove a red pickup truck that a girlfriend had registered in her name at his request.

When interviewed by an investigator last December, Kitchenakow said he was out of state during the summer of 2016 and denied that Barfell owed him money.

The Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) last month found Kitchenakow’s DNA on a firearm magazine found in Langlois’ car the morning of the murder, the complaint said.

Kitchenakow has a long criminal record with several felony convictions, including several battery convictions and a 1995 prison sentence for delivery of methamphetamines in Brown County.

He also has at least two cases pending in state and federal court. Kitchenakow was charged in U.S. District Court last winter with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with an incident on the Menominee Indian Reservation. According to the indictment, Kitchenakow used a knife and assaulted a man outside a residence in Neopit last Nov. 29.

Charges are also pending in Brown County Circuit Court for Jan. 8 in which he is charged with child abuse and intimidating a victim. A status conference in that case was scheduled for Nov. 16.