Chesterton man facing three felony charges in altercation

2014-06-18T17:15:00Z 2014-06-18T22:50:09Z Chesterton man facing three felony charges in altercationJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A Chesterton man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after an altercation at the NorthShore Health Centers, 3564 Scottsdale.

Police were called to the clinic about 2:45 p.m. and found Kendall A. Owens, 22, of 1220 W. Porter Ave. and three others in the parking lot. Police ordered Owens and another man to place their hands on their vehicle.

The other man complied. Owens reportedly did not.

Police gave this account: When Owens did put his hands on the vehicle, he continually reached for his waistband, despite orders not to do so. Police attempted to handcuff Owens, but he continued to flail his arms, they said. In doing so, Owens struck one officer in the face, causing the officer's upper and lower lips to bleed.

Owens continued to resist despite two officers trying to put him in handcuffs. He also kept reaching for something in his sock, then held the item in his hand and refused to let it go, they said.

An officer used his stun gun twice on Owens before they got him under control.

The item in his sock was a bag of marijuana, according to the report.

The incident allegedly started when Owens allegedly was using vulgarities and sexually explicit language outside the clinic toward a woman he was with. Another woman entering the clinic with her 12-year-old son reportedly told Owens to "get a room" to which Owens allegedly called the woman a vulgar name.

The woman's son started to go after Owens for making the comment, but was stopped by the man with Owens.

The woman then grabbed her son away from the man and entered the clinic.

Owens was charged with battery to law enforcement, possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement, all felony charges.

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