Cops: Man tried to kill wife, self with bleach and pills

BLEACH -- Kownacki charged with four felony counts for incident
2008-03-14T00:00:00Z Cops: Man tried to kill wife, self with bleach and pillsMARISA KWIATKOWSKI

CROWN POINT | Ronald Kownacki sat on the landing at the top of his stairs Tuesday, screaming that he wanted he and his wife "to all die together," prosecutors said in court filings Thursday.

Kownacki, 30, of Highland, was charged Thursday with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery and one count of battery for trying to kill his wife by choking, punching and pouring bleach on her face, body and down her throat, authorities say.

When Highland police arrived Tuesday, Kownacki stood outside his apartment with a handful of pills and his 1-year-old son clinging to his leg, police said.

He told police that he and his wife drank bleach and swallowed pills, prosecutors say.

Bleach bottles and empty pill bottles were scattered throughout the house, in the kitchen, closet, bathroom and bedroom; splotches of bleach stained the carpeting in the Kownackis' bedroom, police said.

Kownacki's wife told police he woke her up by pouring bleach on her and punching her in the face. She said only Kownacki took pills.

When medics arrived Tuesday morning, the Kownackis' 4-year-old daughter was locked in her bedroom crying, police said, and Kownacki was standing at the top of the stairs, trying to take more pills.

His wife was found by medics with chemical burns over her face, neck and upper body and bruising and swelling on her face, police said.

Kownacki is being held at Lake County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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