Wind Point Homicide Victim Was Talking With 911 When Throat Slashed, District Attorney Says

Sean Forester-Hoare, 29, is facing first-degree intentional homicide charges.

The 21-year-old homicide victim from Wind Point was stabbed in the throat while he was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, according to a criminal complaint released Tuesday by the Racine County District Attorney's office. 

Jonathan Kwiatkowski died early Monday after he, and his family, had a violent conflict with a neighbor, the complaint said. 

Sean Forester-Hoare, 29, lived three houses down from Kwiatkowski and his family, according to the DA's office. Forester-Hoare is accused of stabbing Kwiatkowski in the 5300 block of Valley Trail Monday morning.

Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set Forester-Hoare’s bond for $500,000. If convicted, he faces a life sentence.

The criminal complaint outlines how Kwiatkowski died and says Forester-Hoare admitted to the stabbing and led police to the knife used in the homicide. 

Wind Point Police Officer John Lewis responded to the scene first after a caller stated that Forester-Hoare was fighting with the Kwiatkowski family in their driveway, according to the criminal complaint.

Lewis reported that Jonathan, who was bleeding from the head and neck, was found in the living room face down with his mother, Lori Kwiatkowski, holding him in her arms. Jonathan called 911 at 2:11 a.m. asking for police to come because Forester-Hoare allegedly threatened to “cut his head off.” The dispatcher reported that she heard people struggling and then several minutes later Jonathan said in a raspy whisper, “he slashed my throat.”

A deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department spoke to Jonathan at the hospital and he described his assailant, which matched Forester-Hoare’s description.

According to the criminal complaint, Lori told police Jonathan had just gotten home from his girlfriend’s house when he came to her and said Forester-Hoare had “followed him and was in the driveway upset.” There’s no indication of what Forester-Hoare was upset about, but Lori told police she came downstairs and the front door was open. When she turned on the lights, she saw Forester-Hoare yelling obscenities in the driveway. Jonathan’s father, Tim Kwiatkowski went outside and told Forester-Hoare he could tell the police about why he was upset. That’s when Forester-Hoare said he was going to “slice their throats.” When Lori came to the door, Jonathan was on the phone with the police and Lori told him to tell the dispatcher to get the police there quickly.

Lori told police Forester-Hoare then came up the driveway and punched Tim. She started screaming and then Forester-Hoare punched her. Jonathan and her other son, Cory, came outside when someone said they should get inside the house, but then they said “we have to get him off dad.” Forester-Hoare then punched Jonathan and he started running down the road and into the house. When Lori went inside she saw Jonathan was choking and she saw a hole in his neck. He later died from his injuries in the hospital.

When investigators with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department searched Forester-Hoare’s parent’s home, they found a set of keys and a computer with bloodstains. Blood was also found in several areas of the home, including the basement, the kitchen and garage. They also found a knife in the basement. The shirt he was wearing during the fight was also found in a washing machine.

During an interview with investigators, Forester-Hoare admitted he fought with the neighbors and pulled out a knife during the fight.

The criminal complaint did not indicate what the family and Forester-Hoare were fighting about nor did it mention any motive.

A preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. April 21, 2011 in Racine County Felony Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz’s courtroom.

JW April 06, 2011 at 10:28 PM
I certainly would like to know more about the people involved, more the victim than the perp generally... but at the same time, you try to search for some form of understanding in all this, and knowing background even about the perp sometimes helps in understanding somewhat how things went so wrong. Again, I believe in all really sad and bad situations one key in honoring the victim is to learn some lesson that hopefully will help the next person avoid being a similar victim. In this situation, the first lesson I really see related to the victims so far is that anyone else faced with a similar situation would be well advised to get into their house quickly and lock the doors. Maybe they tried to do that and were not able to. I see in the few details that have been made public that the kids went back to help their dad. Very admirable and understandable and hard to argue against as the dad otherwise may have been the victim. I believe most people just do not think it will escalate to the point this did... so, the second lesson in this is to assume it will escalate rather than assume it will not. Sometimes the best defense is doing what you can to get out of the situation along with whatever you can to not get into the situation... though right now I don't think anyone has details about what started the situation nor any reason to put any blame on the victim (and nothing he could have done, that would not already be public knowledge, would justify what occured).
Heather in Caledonia April 07, 2011 at 02:54 AM
JW, I agree. This is such a terrible thing, but at least we should use it to remind ourselves how quickly things can get out of hand when someone as volatile as this is threatening violence. I don't know why they went out in the driveway, but it serves as a good reminder to stay indoors in a case like this and wait for the police. I'm guessing he was on drugs and the cops may even have had a hard time with him, but they're armed and trained for this sort of thing.
John Dough April 07, 2011 at 05:15 AM
To be honest I'm certainly confused with the whole ordeal. I haven't seen Sean in about 5 years - and I realize a lot could change in that timespan. His father, Bill, is (was?) the Associate Vice President at Carthage College. He has a younger brother named Colin who, last I knew, was living in the Milwaukee area. I do remember Sean having family issues while growing up - but most had to do with his younger brother. I know post high school and into adulthood they had reconciled their relationship to some extent. I don't think he had parental issues outside of normal teen angst/rebellion. As far as violence, I can't remember any incidents thru junior high or high school involving him. He was outgoing to those who knew him, and a bit shy to others. I know he has had some karate/martial arts training, and is definitely physically capable of efficiently hurting someone, but I never knew him to use it aggressively. I'm very interested to hear about the alledged events that occured, as myself and some other friends are left wondering what could have driven him to the point of violence. As for questions about drug use, I would be positively shocked if he was under the influence of drugs. Alcohol would seem far more likely if it was one of those items. With all that said, my heart goes to the families of all involved - these are harrowing life changing events for all the surrounding parties and I hope they find strength.
Denise Lockwood April 07, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Hey John, Can you give me a call on my cell at 664-3850? Thanks...
Al April 07, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Sean is a very nice man and a talented musician based what I know about him. He gave guitar/bass lessons to a lot of kids at the Music Center on Green Bay Rd. in Kenosha. We often discussed politics, music and his career path when I visited the store. I believe he has a music degree and was taking advanced classes. Something must have gone awfully wrong with him to have caused such a mild mannered person to snap.
Lindsay April 07, 2011 at 06:34 PM
I hope this disgusting man ends up locked away for life.
Wolfwoman April 08, 2011 at 02:09 AM
I knew Sean; he was my kickboxing instructor when I was in my 40’s. He was kind, gentle and very respectful. I never saw him lose his temper. My oldest Son still sees him on occasion. Neither of us believes that Sean just killed this boy unprovoked. Was this self defense, after all there were 4 of them and 1 of him? Something just doesn’t make sense here. I hope he has a good attorney. This is a real tragedy where two young men’s lives have been ruined, one from death and other facing a possible life sentence. The horrible fate of these young men could have been avoided had the family exercised common sense. It would have been as simple as closing a door and calling 911.
Aug April 08, 2011 at 02:55 AM
In response to the above comment, the kid/family are nice normal people, they happen to be part of my family. Don't dare blame Jonathan's family for not using their common sense. Who goes around threatening to slice people's throats.
me April 08, 2011 at 03:27 AM
I know sean he was my roommate a while back. He had problems like everyone else but i cant see him just taking it out on someone for no reason. This is a mistake that cant be fixed and i know sean is regretting this i know that he would take this back if he could. I also know he cant he will be in front of a judge for this but no one else should judge his soul or kindness or anything else about him because no one knew him till this! he made a VERY bad choice at a VERY WEAK moment and did somthing awful but up to this point he was a good helping person. my prayers go out to all involved in this.
JW April 08, 2011 at 03:32 AM
The big mistakes were from Sean bringing out a weapon, following someone to their home, and initiating a fight. Regardless of Sean being nice and even tempered at some point in his past... that apparently was not what he was that night and it erases any nice things he did in the past. It will be interesting to hear more details and see if they shed any light, but so far the little bit I have learned does not reflect poorly on Jonathan and what we do know reflects poorly on Sean. His martial arts training is going to work against him in this case... as, a. he himself was capable of being considered a dangerous weapon because of it... and b. he didn't seem to be oriented to defense... he was on the offensive. It is not impossible, but not very realistic that a family like this would come out to fight someone collectively... they come out to protect each other. In hindsight sure it is to say what should have been done... but in the heat of the moment, thinking about protection, many would not reasonably expect what happened would happen and likely would have felt they could have gotten the situation under control or hold the suspect until police arrived. I think lessons can be learned here, but I think many similar families with common sense would have reacted the same way. The common sense that should have been exercised was that Sean should not have gone there and definitely should not have had or used a weapon.
me April 08, 2011 at 03:44 AM
Hey no one is sayin youre wrong but your judging him weighing the points for one and the other just let it be let the people who get paid for this do it maybe it will be an open and shut case. I am not saying that sean was the nice guy I know that night obviously not.
JW April 08, 2011 at 04:03 AM
Sean is just being judged by his actions here. If something comes out to change viewpoints, so be it... but in the public eye here, now... a public judgment of guilty until proven innocent seems right when he killed someone who by every account I have heard and read was a special and very nice young man. Evidence out there supports Jonathan being a nice guy, read his facebook page... its heartbreaking. If there was something more to this to balance things out, I honestly believe we would have heard more of that type of information. I will await hearing more and reserve the right to change my viewpoint then... but until then I am personally quite comfortable thinking Sean is a really bad person (avoiding words that would be not allowed here). A mug shot is a mug shot... and also doesn't tell a full story, but it does give an impression. And in the "1000 words" of that picture... I don't see signs of remorse or sadness... I see more of tough guy pose and a smirk. It is just more information that takes away from believing that Sean was truly a nice guy.
me April 08, 2011 at 04:08 AM
So be it.
Anne from bristol April 08, 2011 at 04:58 PM
I have known Sean for years. I am shocked by the news of this terrible incident. I know that he is very nice person; intelligent, articulate, funny, extremely well mannered, generous. I know that he has a conscience. I know that he had a plan for his life and that he wanted to help people. This is such a terrible tragedy for all of those who are involved. My thoughts and prayers are with them all! I just want people to know that Sean is not a monster - he is a nice guy who apparently made a huge mistake. Sean has been a great influence and a good friend to my sons and we will miss him!
arh April 08, 2011 at 05:32 PM
For people asking about Jon, he was an amazingly good person his whole life and he died a good person because of Sean. The fact that you knew Sean in the past before he was a murderer does not excuse him for his actions.
Anne from bristol April 08, 2011 at 06:27 PM
I am not in away trying to make excuses for Sean. Honestly I can't think of any excuse for what he has allegedly done. I am very sure that Jon was a very nice person and he will be missed by many. I am simply sharing what I know from my perspective - that's all.
donald smith April 09, 2011 at 03:55 AM
he is certainly not human
donald smith April 09, 2011 at 04:00 AM
well when a man follows a car down the street and harasses the person getting out and then attacks the family when they were trying to tell him to leave, and the rest of the family only joined in to help against this large man from hurting their husband/dad or wife/mom, it seems pretty clear this fiend was unprovoked and should get a life sentence.
donald smith April 09, 2011 at 03:00 PM
not allegedly done.... just what he has done
Wolfwoman April 09, 2011 at 05:28 PM
I don't see it as the boy was protecting his parents. According to his Mother in the police report, he left the front door open and went up to get them because Sean was following him. If you were protecting someone, why would't you close the door to your home that they were asleep in? There is more to this story. It is a horrible thing and one that could have been prevented if cool heads on all counts prevailed. There are two sides to every story. Unfortunately, Sean had no one there that was on his side.
Tracy Zrinsky April 10, 2011 at 11:39 AM
@Anne - Not a MONSTER?? The man instigated an altercation with a KNIFE and threatened to "cut their heads off". As a mother myself, I know I would not want him around my children. You say you will miss him..My god, be glad he is in jail where he belongs before your children were the victims. You cant know everyone you come in contact with...TRUST NO ONE!! My husband is friends with Jonathan's family...Couldnt be a nicer family!! Yes this man called Sean is a monster..How can you argue the facts. The problem in this world is that there are always excuses made for people who do bad things. Maybe you should realize you didnt know him as well as you thought you did and leave it at that. There needs to be accountability for actions! How can anyone have sympathy for a man who takes the life of a 21 year man just starting his life. His mother had to hold him in her arms while he died, oh and after this madman punched HER in the face. No mother should ever have to bear that grief. And lets all stop using the word "allegedly" he admitted to it. My heart aches for the Kwiatkowski family!! Justice better be served!!
Tracy Zrinsky April 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Sean didnt need anyone on his side. He chose a knife as his partner in crime. You are a niave woman!!
Anne from bristol April 10, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Again, I am not trying to make excuses for anyone. I don't understand how this happened. I am so sorry for all the people who are hurting because of this terrible incident. I never thought I would know someone accused of murder, but I do. There is no way to defend his actions, but until this point I believe he was a good person. Maybe I didn't know him as well as I thought, but I still choose to trust people. I choose to have sympathy for all of the people who are suffering because of what happened that night.
angeldustbunny April 10, 2011 at 08:39 PM
I have known Sean since... well, for some time. Yes, some people are just broken and cannot be fixed. I don't believe this to be the case with him. It's true that he was a little... dark at times, but he was a caring person if you earned his respect. Even to this day, I cannot believe that this was unprovoked. The sad thing is that we will never know the truth of it. There are always three sides to every story. What Party A says, what Party B says, and then what actually happened. Maybe Sean was in the wrong, maybe the other kid was in the wrong. Maybe they both were. It had to have been something big to react like that though. Sean was incredibly intelligent and hopefully wouldn't have come to such a brutal conclusion unless he truly thought there were no other options.
JW April 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM
So, Sean was a "dark" guy but he cared if he respected you. Wow, what a winner. So, then if he didnt respect you, you'd have to be careful not to piss him off or there could be a fight or worse? Maybe he didnt respect Jonathan. Wow. That is exactly the type of person that a system should not try to fix. It is not worth the potential of creating another victim in the future. When a damaged dog kills, it is often put down. I tend to believe that is what should happen with people like this as well unless some truly credible explanation provides a radically different viewpoint. Based on what happened and the details we know and the historical character of the victim and his family I do not believe for even half a second there is going to be an explanation that changes how this looks. But, being someone who is not dark and believes in being fair, of course, I wait to hear more information in the future (though I will judge by what is known). I am not sure why Sean's side in this has not been expressed somehow, if not officially, at least via friends or family. If there was some serious provocation (even if its not a great explanation) you would think they would want it out there to at least show this was not completely unprovoked. But let's be really clear, even with some provocation, there is no excuse for Sean's actions.
Tracy Zrinsky April 10, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Facts are Sean showed up with a knife..he didnt go back home to get it..he was intending to harm someone. My god he punched Jonathan's mother, a woman, is that honorable and sweet. Several people have said this guy was dark..add drugs or alcohol = trouble...the fact remains he murdered a man who was not armed nor were his family members...look at the mug shot....enough said
Lela April 11, 2011 at 09:56 PM
I knew Jon in high school. And that may have been some time ago, and people change but he didn't. He went to Sunday school with me and played the drums for my church. He attended Lutheran High, and was a sweet innocent person. So many of you on here are saying what a nice person this Sean guy was and that he must have been provoked. Well I look at this and say are you nuts? And you think the Kwiatkowski's were doing more than defending themselves. If the Kwiatkowski's were doing anything to provoke him, why would they have phoned the police? Why would Sean being up against a whole family not have turned and went home if he were the victim? If the Kwiatkowski's were persuing him I am sure they had knives in their kitchen they certainly could have used, if they were those type of people, but they obviously are not. Sean showed up with a knife, and with angry intentions, and I don't care what someone does to tick you off it is not worthy of murder. Sean was such a nice guy? Jon was 21 going to college for humanities! He cared about people. He was seven years younger than Sean, what could he have done that in your minds would possibly justify his actions? I am not judging him because the lord knows it is not my place, but his day will come. The lord says pray for your enemies, so I too pray for all involved. May Jon rest in peace. The only good I see in this is that he is in a better place.
Denise Lockwood April 14, 2011 at 02:47 AM
Hi guys, I'm going to shut the comment section down on this because it has run its course. Thanks! Denise
gina vine May 06, 2011 at 03:32 AM
SF I feel sorry for the family, prayers are with you!
gina vine May 06, 2011 at 03:34 AM
I feel so bad for the family


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