CROWN POINT | A SWAT team Sunday freed two children from a home where they were being held by a man who earlier beat their mother, police said.
Terry Lee Walsh, 41, of Crown Point, has been charged by the Lake County prosecutor's office with criminal confinement, domestic battery, intimidation and attempted battery by bodily waste, all in connection with the incident.
Police initially were called at 2:45 a.m. Sunday to a parking lot in the 1800 block of North Main Street, Crown Point, where the children's mother fled after being battered at the home of her boyfriend in the 2100 block of W. 96th Place, police said.
The woman, 36, told police the boyfriend was drunk and that their daughters, ages 10 and 6, were still in the house along with a 22-year-old female relative. The suspect was preventing all three from leaving, she told police.
After officers arrived at the house, Walsh called police dispatch and said if officers didn't leave he was going to shoot them, police said.
The Northwest Indiana Regional SWAT team was called to the scene just after 3:30 a.m., police said.
The 10-year-old child and the 22-year-old relative were able to exit the house. The 6-year-old was still inside with the suspect, they told police.
The SWAT team entered the house, secured the 6-year-old and tried to take Walsh into custody, police said. Walsh kicked and punched officers and tried to spit on them, but eventually was taken into custody, police said.
Walsh was being housed Monday at the Lake County Jail. Bail had not been set.