CROWN POINT — A Gary man pistol-whipped another man with a pink handgun in East Chicago, lost the gun during a struggle, had it handed back to him by a witness and returned to the scene in a car to fire several shots at the man, court records allege.
Deviyon Q. Johnson-Griffin, 21, was charged Thursday with felony battery, attempted battery and two counts of intimidation. He was not in custody Monday, police said.
No one was wounded by the gunfire, according to Lake Criminal Court records.
The man who was struck in the head with a gun told police he was hanging out with a friend in the 3900 block of Pulaski Street the night of Aug. 8 when Johnson-Griffin, who knew the friend, arrived and threatened to beat and pistol-whip him.
Witnesses told police Johnson-Griffin appeared to be under the influence of drugs, court records say.
The man took issue with the threats, and Johnson-Griffin struck him in the face once with a pink .38-caliber revolver, records allege.
Witnesses told police the blow caused the man to fall to the ground, but he got up and put Johnson-Griffin in a headlock during a tussle. Johnson-Griffin lost control of the gun and ran away, and the man's friend followed, records say.
The friend told police he gave Johnson-Griffin his gun back on the condition that he leave the area, but Johnson-Griffin warned him, "Back up, bro, or I'll shoot you, too," records state.
Johnson-Griffin got into a silver car, returned to the 3900 block of Pulaski and fired several shots at the victim before fleeing, documents state.
Anyone with information about Johnson-Griffin's whereabouts is asked to call East Chicago detectives at 219-391-8318. To remain anonymous, call 219-391-8500.