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Man, 34, accused of raping girlfriend at gunpoint in Cedar Lake motel
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Man, 34, accused of raping girlfriend at gunpoint in Cedar Lake motel

CROWN POINT — A 34-year-old man is accused of raping his girlfriend at gunpoint and threatening to kill her children Tuesday in a Cedar Lake motel.

Cedar Lake police were dispatched Tuesday to Goodfellas bar and grill, 1200 W. 129th Ave. in Cedar Lake, after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance, court records state. Officers learned from dispatch a man drove off in a woman's vehicle after stealing her firearm and cell phone.

A woman at the bar told officers her sometimes boyfriend, Michael J. Kinsey, had left after threatening to kill her children.

She said she met Kinsey earlier at the Economy Inn, 12551 Wicker Ave., to get her firearm back from him. She said they had consensual sex, but Kinsey became angry afterward and put the gun to her head, telling her he was going to “take her soul” by killing her family and kids first, records state.

She said Kinsey then anally raped her with the gun to her head. She suggested they go to Goodfellas to talk, though she told officers she secretly wanted to go to a public place so she could notify authorities — Kinsey had taken her phone, she said.

She said at the restaurant she asked a bartender for help and followed her to the bathroom, records state. Someone from the bar then called 911. Bouncers approached Kinsey, so he left the bar, taking the woman's phone and keys, records state.

Kinsey was arrested at a nearby gas station, records state. The woman was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital for a sexual assault examination.

Kinsey is charged in Lake Criminal Court with rape, two counts criminal confinement, intimidation, strangulation, pointing a firearm, theft of a firearm, auto theft and several misdemeanors.

Kinsey, of Lake Village, was previously convicted in 2009 of criminal recklessness, a felony. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, with 12 months suspended for probation. He is currently charged with committing two misdemeanor batteries and operating while intoxicated in unrelated incidents, records state.

Kinsey was afforded an $100,000 surety bond at an initial hearing Friday. He is scheduled to make a formal court appearance June 27.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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