Man accused of choking Valparaiso woman
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent October 15, 2012 2:36PM
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Updated: November 17, 2012 6:16AM
VALPARAISO — David Knipe, 54, of Illinois, was arrested for allegedly kicking in the door of his on-again-off-again girlfriend and choking her until police arrived.
A friend and neighbor of the 40-year-old victim alerted police when he heard the two arguing at about 2:10 a.m. Monday outside her apartment, in the 2000 block of Calumet Avenue, and saw Knipe kick open her door.
Officers entered the apartment through the partially open door with a broken frame and found Knipe with his leg on top of the woman and his hands around her throat, according to the arrest report. The woman had a swollen and bloody lip from him reportedly slapping her and a glass-topped table also had been broken.
Although the woman had a protective order against Knipe, she went with him to Duffy’s Bar earlier that night, according to the police report. Because they argued there, she took a taxi home but he followed, leading them to continue arguing outside her apartment. When she went inside and locked the door, he followed her again, he told police without being questioned. He admitted choking her and saying, “How do you like it? I’m a man and you’re a little girl. I’m much stronger than you,” police said.
Knipe is charged with felony strangulation and residential entry; plus misdemeanor battery causing injury, invasion of privacy, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He also was wanted on a Lake Station warrant.