Updated: January 6, 2013 9:51AM
a sex offender
A bloodied woman crying with two children met officers checking on a 911 hang-up call at about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday. The 41-year-old male suspect had fled the rural Chesterton home, in the 600 block of East County Road 900N.
The 38-year-old victim told police the suspect had punched her in the head, kicked her in the face and dragged her out of the house by her hair. He allegedly continued battering her outside, including pulling out a large kitchen knife and cutting her hand with it. The children, ages 8 and 10, told police they heard the fight but did not leave their bedrooms for fear of getting in trouble.
The suspect is a registered sex offender, convicted of sexual battery, who is listed on the county’s registry as noncompliant; he listed a Portage address despite living with the victim and her children.
as woman raked
A burglar entered a home, taking liquor and electronics among other items, while a 59-year-old woman raked leaves between 3:30 and 5 p.m. Monday in the backyard of the house, in the 3200 block of Sylvania. There was no forced entry, police said. A neighbor reported seeing a red truck driving slowly through the neighborhood around the same time period.
Heroin user arrested during a public nap
Andrew Peksenak, 23, of Portage, was arrested for felony possession of heroin at about 4:10 p.m. Monday. When told a man was sleeping in a vehicle in the 800 block of Camelot Manor, police checked on him and found Peksenak, who admitted shooting up with heroin a short time before. He complained of feeling sick and was treated at Portage Hospital before he was jailed. He also is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Arrests unrelated to blood in home
Colleen Kuczwara, 20, was arrested for domestic battery shortly before midnight Monday, accused of pushing and scratching a 23-year-old man with an admitted habit of punching holes in the walls of their apartment, in the 1500 block of Vale Park Road. Police found several holes and seemingly associated blood splatter on the walls, floor and bed sheets. Their two guests also were arrested: Michael Kidd, 20, of Kansas, for underage drinking; and Joel Vargas, 22, of Burnham, Ill., for possession of marijuana.
from stuck vehicle
At about 10:20 p.m. Sunday, after getting stuck in a ditch in the 3200 block of Calumet Avenue, Daniel Davis, 26, of Portage, was arrested for felony drunken driving with a prior conviction and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Drunken driver gives false name
Lacresha Roberts, 24, of Michigan City, was arrested for felony identity deception following her arrest for drunken driving at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday, at U.S. 20 and Jensen Drive. Her real name was learned after she was taken to jail, police said.