CROWN POINT — A New Chicago man showed up uninvited at a neighbor's party Sunday, made a woman uncomfortable, left and returned to swing an ax at the woman's husband, court records allege.
David E. Clary II, 43, was prevented by the man and his brother from hitting anyone with the ax, but he elbowed the woman in the face before fleeing into his home, according to Lake Criminal Court records. Police later broke through Clary's door and arrested him.
Clary was being held without bail Tuesday, according to court records. Online court records did not list an attorney for him.
Clary is facing felony counts of intimidation, attempted battery by means of a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of battery resulting in bodily injury.
Witnesses told police they were at a backyard birthday party Sunday in the 100 block of Huber Boulevard in New Chicago when Clary entered uninvited through a back gate, court records state.
A woman asked his name several times, because it was dark, and Clary put his arm around her, records allege. The woman told police she told Clary not to touch her, and he said the music was too loud.
The woman said she told Clary they would keep it down, and her husband walked Clary to the front sidewalk, records say.
Clary left, but returned 10 to 15 minutes later screaming, "You think I'm crazy. I'll show you crazy. Don't mess with me. I'm a convict," records allege.
The woman's husband told police he barely said a word before Clary swung an ax at him and the husband's brother reached out and caught the ax's handle. The man also caught the ax handle, and his brother yanked the ax from Clary's hand, according to records.
Police knew Clary, who ran off through an alley, from previous contacts and surrounded his house.
New Chicago police were assisted by Hobart, Lake Station and Indiana State Police, Capt. Jordan Billups said. The Northwest Regional SWAT team was on standby, and a negotiator from that team attempted to communicate with Clary but got no response, he said.
Police decided Clary should be taken into custody that night, to prevent him from returning to the victims' home or posing any further possible threat to public safety, Billups said. After police broke through Clary's front door, Clary came out and was arrested.
Clary has previous convictions for burglary, neglect of a dependent, battery of a public safety official, drunken driving, other drug-related crimes and more, records show.