CROWN POINT — Charges filed Friday allege a Portage man punched, kicked, pushed and threatened to kill his 93-year-old former father-in-law while demanding the victim write a $50,000 check.

James J. McClellan, 60, is accused of approaching the man and his 83-year-old girlfriend after they exited her car inside the man's garage and shoving him to the ground, causing him to hit his head on concrete.

The 93-year-old man told police McClellan kicked him, picked him up and punched him in the head and chest and pushed him into the open trunk of his own vehicle, Lake Criminal Court records allege.

During the alleged attack, McClellan yelled, "Give me $50,000 for your daughter, or I'll kill you!" witnesses told police.

When a neighbor came outside, McClellan left, according to court records.

A magistrate entered not guilty pleas on McClellan's behalf during an initial hearing Monday, records show. He was released Monday on a $5,000 cash bond.

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He's facing felony counts of attempted robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, attempted robbery, intimidation and misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury.

The 93-year-old was treated at an emergency room for pain to his head, jaw, shoulder and chest and a cut to his chest, records say.

A detective later spoke with McClellan's ex-wife, who is the daughter of the 93-year-old man, and she admitted she and McClellan divorced "just so she could collect money" after her father dies, documents state.

The 93-year-old man told police McClellan constantly asked him for money while married to his daughter, because McClellan was unable to get or keep a job, records say.

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