Man charged with Christmas beating
MICHIGAN CITY – A Michigan City woman said her live-in boyfriend struck and battered her for over an hour after she caught him having sex with another woman in her car early Christmas morning, according to police.
Michigan City Police were dispatched just before 4 a.m. Tuesday to a home in the 100 block of West Barker for a report of a domestic disturbance, where the 911 caller was “waiting for police to arrive due to being afraid to return to the residence.”
The woman told police she ran out of the house after having been battered by her live-in boyfriend for about 90 minutes, the report said.
The woman said she had been living with Rischa Bonds for about a year, but they were in the process of breaking up, the report said. She said that early Christmas morning, she left her home and found Bonds sitting in her GMC Yukon having oral sex with another woman, the report said.
She “grabbed a baseball bat and began breaking the windows of her own vehicle,” police said. The other woman ran away and Bonds grabbed her by her arms, struck her four to five times, then took her into the house and “battered her over the course of approximately an hour to an hour and a half,” the report said.
When he was distracted by his phone ringing, she ran out of the house and called police, the report said. Police found bruises and scratches on her upper arms.
Bonds denied having sex with the other woman, and denied battering the woman, police said. He also claimed the woman battered him when he took the bat away from her.
He was arrested and taken to the police station, where it was found he had been convicted of felony domestic battery in 2013, police said.
The 38-year-old Bonds was charged with felony domestic battery with a former conviction, and was being held without bond in the La Porte County Jail. He had a court appearance pending in Superior Court 4.
– From staff reports
Michigan City Police were busy over the holidays. Among the crimes investigated:
Presents taken: Someone broke into a home in the 300 block Hendricks Street and stole Christmas presents valued at over $300, according to Michigan City Police. The homeowner said the presents, wrapped and under the tree, were stolen sometime between Dec. 19 and Christmas. She said she had so many presents, she did not notice them missing until her kids started opening them. Among the missing items included a North Face coat, Nike hoodie and joggers, Vans shoes, Nike windbreaker coat, and American Eagle jeans.
She believes the suspect is a man who came to her home offering to work, whom she paid $15 to rake leaves. She said she later saw him on two occasions near the home. How the suspect entered the home is unknown. He was described as a white man in his middle 40s, about 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11 with a heavy build, wearing a black hoodie and dark blue jeans.
Holiday vandalism: A woman told police that three tires had been slashed on her 2013 Chevrolet Cruz, and “Merry XMAS” had been carved into the side of her vehicle sometime after 11 p.m. on Christmas Day in the 1500 block of Washington Street. She told police she believed the father of her child, a Michigan resident, caused the damage because she would not let him have the child for Christmas.
Shots fired: Police are investigating two reports of shots fired late Tuesday and early Wednesday that may be related. Just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the 1100 block of Salem Street, where a vehicle had been damaged by gunfire. Police said shots were fired into a Four Courier pickup and camper, causing about $1,500 damage. No injuries were reported.
About two hours later, police responded to a call of shots fired near Salem and Providence, where the caller reported hearing four or five shots, and saw a vehicle driving away. Police found three shell casing from a 9mm handgun nearby at the intersection of Salem and Gardena streets. No one was injured and police are unsure whether the two incidents were related.
No respect for mom: Police are seeking a warrant against a man who allegedly spit into his mother’s face when she asked him to leave the house on Christmas when he became verbally abusive while visiting his 1-year-old daughter, whom the woman has custody of. Police were called about 9 a.m. to the 1000 block of Manhattan Street, where the man had come to visit the baby.
The victim said her son has been physically and verbally abusive in the past because of a substance abuse problem, and he became abusive again when she refused to let him go into her bedroom. She said she asked him to leave, he continued to be “disrespectful” and as he walked out the door he spit “a large amount of saliva onto her face” in front of witnesses. He then walked away and police were unable to locate him. They are seeking a warrant charging misdemeanor battery by bodily waste.