Porter County Law and Order
May 6, 2013 1:16PM
Updated: June 8, 2013 6:20AM
Couple find stranger
At about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, a couple living in the 6800 block of Portage found a man they did not know sleeping on their couch.
With difficulty, police woke Ryan Blakely, 18, of Portage, who thought he was at a friend’s house and said he got in through the unlocked garage door. He was in his underwear, police said, and his clothes could not be located. Blakely was arrested for felony residential entry and misdemeanor underage drinking.
Rachel Wright, 18, was arrested for felony criminal confinement and intimidation, and misdemeanor battery, for allegedly attacking her 21-year-old live-in girlfriend when they argued about possibly ending their relationship.
The victim told police that at 3:35 p.m. Friday they were on their porch, in the 500 block of W. U.S. 30, when Wright grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into their apartment. Inside, she allegedly punched her several times in the face and locked her in a bedroom, threatening to stab her if she tried to leave. The victim said Wright also put a knife to her own throat, wrapped a cell phone charging cord around her neck and tried to hang herself, and allegedly tried to force the 21-year-old into a vehicle. A mutual friend witnessed the altercation.
Women fight after
one yelled at the other
Police arrested Eileen Garcia, 50, of rural Chesterton, for allegedly battering her neighbor’s 48-year-old girlfriend, who had visible injuries. Garcia denied anything happened and gave a different account of her day each time police asked, according to the police report. The neighbor told police his girlfriend had been yelling out the window all day at Garcia, who is a close friend of his. At about 10:30 p.m., Garcia came over and he could hear her fighting with his girlfriend in his bedroom, he said.
ATV races through
Several residents complained to police at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday about a shirtless man and a woman in an ATV driving recklessly along residential streets. Police found the four-wheel-drive ATV going more than 60 mph in the middle of the road, on Lahonda Drive and Imperial Road, a 20 mph zone. The 28-year-old South Haven driver’s license is suspended for being a habitual traffic violator, police said. He was given a court date for misdemeanor reckless driving, and he and his 26-year-old passenger, also from South Haven, were released at the scene.
Man arrested for repeat drunken driving
Police arrested Richard Chabes, 37, of Hobart, for felony drunken driving with a prior conviction, at about 3 a.m. Saturday, in a traffic stop for swerving in the area of County Road 700N and McCool Road. Police noted Chabes stopped in the driveway of a woman who earlier in the night had made a complaint to police because she believed Chabes was following her.
Man angry wife
Miguel Mendoza, 25, was arrested for felony domestic battery that allegedly took place shortly before midnight Saturday at his home, in the 4700 block of Andover Court.
According to the police report, Mendoza admitted he had been drinking and said he was angry his 22-year-old wife had not answered the phone earlier that night, and he planned on leaving her and their 5-month-old child to go back to Mexico. He denied hitting the woman, who said Mendoza struck her in the arm as she lay in bed feeding the infant.