A 22-year-old Hammond man allegedly stabbed a relative with a pocket knife and shot him with a miniature crossbow in the family’s Union Township home during an argument over stolen Xanax pills and cash, newly released court records show.

Aggravated battery, auto theft and criminal mischief charges were filed Friday in Porter County against Michael James Kaminsky. Kaminsky also faces charges in Lake County in connection with allegations he fled across county lines from the family’s Union Township home in a stolen pickup truck and intentionally struck an occupied Hobart squad car.

Kaminsky was booked at Lake County Jail in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Deputies with the Porter County Sheriff's Department responded at about 3:45 a.m. to a home in the 400 block of Roxbury Road after receiving an anonymous 911 call of a possible stabbing.

Drops of blood could be seen at the front door as detectives met with the victim’s mother in the threshold, according to an affidavit filed Friday by the Porter County prosecutor's office.

The woman said Kaminsky accused several people in the home of stealing his Xanax pills, and the victim, 36, thought he was accusing him.

The victim from Union Township, who had defensive stab wounds on his hands and stab wounds on his back and torso, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

In an interview with police, he said Kaminsky “went off the wall” over the Xanax pills and grabbed a big knife from the kitchen “like a knife from (the movie) 'Psycho,'” the affidavit stated.

The victim told police he was able to grab the butcher knife from him, so Kaminsky grabbed a pocket knife and stabbed him in the back as he walked away from the heated argument.

Several witnesses in the home and a cellphone video corroborate the victim’s statements that Kaminsky attacked him from behind with a knife, the affidavit states. The victim suffered a collapsed lung due to the attack.

At one point, Kaminsky shot a mini crossbow at the victim, striking him in the forearm, the affidavit states. A woman in the home told police when she saw this happen, she decided to leave with a child who was in the home. When she went to the garage, she found the windows to her 2004 Chevrolet Malibu damaged, allegedly by Kaminsky.

As officers checked the area, attempting to ping the suspect's cellphone, Hobart police advised Porter County deputies that, at about 5:40 a.m., they had Kaminsky in custody.

Kaminsky allegedly denied stabbing the victim in an interview with police. He told police he may have “jabbed” the victim, but argued both were armed.

Kaminsky told police he recently got clean off heroin and is prescribed Xanax and Suboxone. He said $60 was missing from the home, along with about a dozen Suboxone and 50 Xanax pills.

Asked if he shot the crossbow at the victim, Kaminsky said he “should probably have a lawyer to answer that question.” He told police he was upset the victim “didn’t bleed out,” court records state.

Hobart police Lt. James Gonzales said officers caught up with Kaminsky Wednesday morning after he allegedly shoplifted from a Speedway gas station on U.S. 30 and fled in a stolen pickup truck.

Kaminksy led police on a pursuit onto northbound Interstate 65 and then onto 15th Avenue, where police say he intentionally struck an occupied Hobart police vehicle. He continued to resist and fight with police as they tried to handcuff him.

“While in custody Mr. Kaminsky asked officers to send the Porter County police to his mother's residence, because an domestic situation had occurred and he made some incriminating statements about his involvement with the situation,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales said officers on scene were exposed to what appeared to be blood from Kaminsky and it was later found that Kaminsky has a communicable disease that could be transmitted through blood.

The officers all received precautionary treatment at an area hospital and another officer received treatment for an injury he suffered when Kaminsky struck his police vehicle.

Kaminsky was charged in Lake County with theft and resisting law enforcement, both level 6 felonies, and one count each of theft, resisting law enforcement by force, operating while intoxicated endangering a person, criminal recklessness and reckless driving, and operation of a vehicle with a controlled substance in the body.


Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.