$350,000 BOND FOR REPEAT BATTERER
Thursday, August 26, 2010— Bond has been set at $350,000 for a domestic violence suspect who made a threatening phone call to his victim from his holding cell, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday.
Janusz Owca, 32, of the 9400 block of Bay Colony in Maine Township has been charged with aggravated domestic battery and felony intimidation. These two charges are in addition to a previous domestic violence conviction in July, and a new violation of probation charge. After Owca appeared in court on Tuesday, bond was set at $350,000 for his current charges and for violating terms of his probation.
Patrol officers met with Owca’s victim on Sunday at 5 p.m. at a location on Golf Road. The woman told officers Owca returned home drunk and violently attacked her after a verbal argument. The victim said Owca pulled her hair and choked her, and that’s when she fled the apartment with minor children. When the officer arrived to question Owca, he took a fighting stance and told the officer, “I’m going to [expletive] you up!” The officer was able to place Owca against the wall and handcuff him. He was then arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Police Maywood Lockup for processing. During this time, Owca told the arresting officer, “I know [expletives] at the county jail - I could have her killed for 100 bucks.”
After being processed at the Maywood Lockup, Owca was allowed one phone call while there. During the course of their investigation, detectives learned that Owca used that call to phone his victim, and threatened to kill her when he got out of jail because of his arrest. Phone records show that Owca reported a different number on the written log than the one he dialed, and the victim also called police to report Owca’s threat. After speaking with the victim, detectives met with state’s attorneys, who approved a charge of felony intimidation, along with the original aggravated domestic battery charge. The victim was offered a safe haven for her and the children, and other assistance to ensure their security.
Owca has had a series of recent arrests. On June 27th he was arrested for DUI by the Des Plaines Police Department. An hour and a half later Sheriff’s Police arrested Owca for domestic battery. Owca pled guilty to that charge on July 8th and was given a conditional discharge and 18 months probation. Owca violated that probation with the August 22nd arrest.
Owca also has previous arrests for drug possession and theft.
His next court date is set for Thursday in Skokie, Rm. 207 at 10:30 a.m. Owca will appear again on Friday in Rm. 106, also at 10:30.