A Crown Point police officer searches through a red porsche owned by James E. Duffy, 60, of Crown Point, while emergency personnel tend to Corporal Jason Murphy after he was involved in an altercation with the driver on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Cro
Updated: September 18, 2012 1:30PM
CROWN POINT — James E. Duffy, 60, was arrested Monday, Sept. 17 on South Court Street and charged with six felonies: two counts of resisting law enforcement; two counts of battery on law enforcement; and two counts of intimidation.
He was taken to the Lake County Jail after a brief visit at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point’s emergency room, where they patched up a cut on his forehead, according to police.
Police had initially been called to a local business where Duffy had allegedly caused a disturbance and “told employees of the business he was wearing a ‘military cross’ necklace that could be used to slit an enemy’s throat,” police said.
Officer Ryan Olson stopped Duffy at about 11:15 a.m. as Duffy drove his red Porsche 911 southbound in the 200 block of South Court Street. According to a Crown Point Police description of the incident, as Olson stopped his squad car, Duffy exited his vehicle and began walking away.
Olson asked Duffy to return to his car and advised him that his license plate was expired.
When Duffy was asked about the necklace he was wearing, he said that it was his father’s necklace and that “a soldier would wear it and then rip it off and use it to slit an enemy’s throat.”
At that point Officer Dave Wilkins arrived and Duffy got back into his Porsche. As he was talking to Wilkins, Duffy allegedly became increasingly angry and exited his car and started yelling at Wilkins.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter’s office, Duffy then took a fighting stance and yelled at Wilkins. The officers told Duffy that he was under arrest and attempted to place him into handcuffs. Duffy allegedly attempted to rip off his necklace and threatened to kill the officers.
Duffy pulled away and pushed both officers, according to police. Officers then took Duffy to the ground, where he continued to resist the officers’ attempts to arrest him and put him in cuffs.
According to the police statement, Duffy was told to stop resisting or that Wilkins would deploy his Tazer, which he did with no effect on Duffy.
Duffy was able to get to his feet, and was Tazed a second time. Again unaffected, Duffy pulled the prongs from his chest and allegedly continued to attack the officers, knocking the Tazer out of Wilkins’ hand.
Corporal Jason Murphy arrived and took Duffy to the ground. While Duffy was on the ground he allegedly punched Olson’s left leg and also punched Wilkins and continued to resist and threaten to kill the officers.
According to the affidavit, the officers were able to hold Duffy until other officers arrived to secure him in handcuffs.
Both Murphy and Wilkins were treated and released from Franciscan St. Anthony Health with various injuries to their hands, arms, and legs.