Portage man answers cops’ knock wearing brass knuckles, holding knife
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent January 28, 2013 2:10PM
Peter Wright. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: March 1, 2013 7:59PM
PORTAGE — An alleged batterer and his victim, who had what police described as extensive facial injuries, both tried to convince officers that someone else had hurt her — but their stories did not come close to matching.
A mutual friend of the male suspect, Peter Wright, 42, of Portage, and the female victim, a 33-year-old South Haven resident, reportedly witnessed the attack begin at about 1:10 a.m. Sunday and fled Wright’s home, in the 5200 block of Concord, to call 911.
Responding officers said Wright did not answer their knock immediately and, when he did, he was wearing brass knuckles on his right hand and holding a large-bladed hunting knife in his left. He also had dried blood on his hands and smears of it on his face. Upon searching the four-plex, police found blood on the living room furniture, a piece of discarded woman’s clothing and in the bathroom, before finding the victim in a bedroom. Despite that her left eye had swelled shut, and the rest of her face also was bloodied and swollen, her first statement to police was that no one needed to go to jail, and she was not badly injured.
The injured woman claimed she was injured in a fight with a woman at a Valparaiso bar.
Interviewed separately, Wright told police he picked up the woman after her boyfriend beat her up in Burns Harbor.
Once informed Wright already had been arrested, for misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, the woman told police the three of them had been drinking when, for no obvious reason, Wright pushed her from her chair, causing her to hit her head on a table. She said he then pushed her onto the futon and repeatedly hit her in the face. She still insisted she did not want him arrested, police said, and refused medical treatment.