PORTAGE | Two men and a pregnant woman broke free and ran to a fire station for help Monday after a relative beat them and used an extension cord to tie them to lawn chairs, police said.
Christopher Niloff, 30, of Portage, faces felony criminal confinement, strangulation, intimidation and resisting law enforcement charges, as well as misdemeanor domestic battery, interference with reporting a crime, battery and criminal mischief charges.
Just after 7 p.m., Portage police were called to Fire Station No. 1 in the 3400 block of Swanson Road, where three people said they were attacked at a nearby home.
Niloff's 20-year-old pregnant girlfriend told police they were in her car arguing when he began destroying her dashboard.
The woman said when Niloff's father came outside and told his son to calm down, he got out of the car and began punching his 61-year-old father in the chest.
When Niloff's 65-year-old uncle then began calling police, Niloff reportedly came after him and grabbed his phone.
Police said Niloff then grabbed the pregnant woman by the neck and pushed her into a patio chair before telling his father and uncle to take a seat or he'd kill them.
Niloff then allegedly began tying all three to their chairs using an extension cord.
While Niloff allegedly was tying up his father, his uncle bolted toward a neighboring fire station. Niloff went after the uncle, eventually finding him and punching him repeatedly in his head, police said. At that time, the father and the girlfriend broke free and took off in different directions.
Police said the uncle eventually made it to the fire station, and Niloff took off in a pickup truck.
All three injured people were treated by medics at the scene, police said.
About 90 minutes later, an officer spotted Niloff's truck on Swanson Road north of U.S. 6, and when the man refused to stop, a chase ensued west on U.S. 6, police said.
Niloff ditched his truck in a parking lot at U.S. 6 and County Line Road and began running through the Camelot Estates mobile home park before officers caught up with him and arrested him at gunpoint, police said.