Er­ratic be­hav­ior leads to ar­rest

Post-Tribune - - Local - BY ERIN GUERRA Post-Tri­bune cor­re­spon­dent

PORTAGE — Af­ter be­hav­ing er­rat­i­cally at an ac­quain­tance’s house, 18-year-old Travis Dane al­legedly forced his way into her neigh­bor’s home and at­tacked the 62-year-old res­i­dent.

Dane, of Portage, was ar­rested on charges of felony res­i­den­tial en­try and re­sist­ing law en­force­ment; plus mis­de­meanor do­mes­tic bat­tery, pub­lic i ntox­i­ca­tion, dis­or­derly con­duct and un­der­age drink­ing. Dane

About 20 min­utes be­fore the in­ci­dent at 7:39 p.m. Tues­day, wit­nesses said, Dane was dropped off at a home in the 6800 block of Fox Tail Av­enue, where a group of young peo­ple was out­side.

A wit­ness said Dane “started caus­ing prob­lems im­me­di­ately,” ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. Dane kicked at a car in the drive­way and punched a dog in the face, wit­nesses said, be­fore run­ning across the street.

There, the 62-year-old vic­tim was nap­ping when he heard Dane bang­ing on the front door “like a ma­niac,” he later told po­lice.

When the man opened the door, Dane al­legedly pushed him back­ward to force his way in­side. The two men strug­gled be­fore the vic­tim and a 31-year-old Crown Point man, who saw the at­tack as he was driv­ing past, held Dane down un­til po­lice ar­rived.

When po­lice ar­rived, Dane was hand­cuffed af­ter a strug­gle that in­cluded him be­ing shocked twice by a stun gun and also re­sulted in an of­fi­cer re­port­ing shoul­der pain.

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