Law and Order Lake County
September 11, 2012 5:36PM
James Duffy, 60. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 11, 2012 8:54PM
Man robbed, kidnapped from home
A Dyer man was robbed at gunpoint and kidnapped by two men Monday night.
The 37-year-old victim was pulling his vehicle into his garage in the 200 block of Buttercup Lane around 10:17 p.m. He was talking on his cell phone inside the garage when two black men with weapons approached. They forced themselves inside the vehicle, blindfolded the victim and took him to unknown locations. They picked up a third man at one of the stops.
The suspects told the victim that they would harm him if he didn’t disclose the location of some unknown drugs. The man was held captive for several hours, then he was abruptly released. He was not hurt, but they did take an undetermined amount of cash from the victim’s vehicle.
The man flagged down a Hammond police officer to report the crime.
Man shakes off being hit with stun gun twice
A Crown Point man on whom police twice used a stun gun Monday with no effect is in the Lake County Jail facing felony charges after police finally subdued him.
James E. Duffy, 60, is charged with two counts of resisting law enforcement, two counts of battery and two counts of intimidation, all felonies.
Duffy allegedly entered a local business and began causing a disturbance. He then left in a red Porsche with expired license plates. Police stopped Duffy in the 100 block of Court Street. Duffy allegedly became combative with police, threatening to kill officers with a military cross necklace that was made to cut someone’s throat in hand-to-hand combat.
Duffy allegedly would not cooperate with police, who were trying to place him in handcuffs, when he was hit with the stun gun the first time to no effect. Duffy was then hit a second time with the stun gun and this time he pulled the prongs from his chest. He again wasn’t affected.
Additional officers arrived on the scene and Duffy was ultimately subdued. Two Crown Point Police officers and Duffy were treated at Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point for various injuries to their hands, arms and legs suffered during the struggle.
Man accused of beating wife, niece
A Lake Station man has been charged with neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, domestic battery, intimidation and battery involving his wife and niece.
“You’re taking me to jail,” James Allison Jr., 43, told police, as they arrived at about 6:39 p.m. Sept. 8 at the family home in the 2400 block of Howard Street. Allison said he’d gotten into a fight and told officers “I hit her.” He then handed over his wallet and car keys, put his hands on the police car and spread his legs.
Allison is charged with punching his wife several times after she intervened when Allison struck their 10-year-old niece during an argument over a laptop computer. The girl said Allison punched her in the face and pushed her into a table when she tried to run away.
Allison’s wife and the girl locked themselves in the bathroom and called 911. “You’ll be dead before they get here,” Allison told her through the door. After Allison told her the police were there, she opened the door and walked out, and Allison grabbed her, threw her to the floor and punched her repeatedly in the face. He then grabbed his wallet and keys and tried to drive away.
Police noted redness on the faces of the woman and the girl.