(VALPARAISO) A National Guardsman, when fired Wednesday from the armory in Valparaiso, is accused of threatening to kill a man and blow up his house.
Another man present during the firing, at about 3:45 p.m. in an office at the National Guard Armory, at 1502 Linwood Ave., told police he held Staff Sgt. Paul Young back twice to prevent him from attacking the 30-year-old Portage man.
Both said Young, 26, of LaPorte, was trying to get him to fight outside. Told to calm down, Young reportedly threatened, “I’m going to kill you and blow your house up.”
The man who was threatened told police Young spent the last three weeks in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol addiction, and that appeared to be the root of his anger. The victim also said he would like to think Young wouldn’t follow through, but he is unpredictable.
Young denied making threats and said that if he did say it, they either misunderstood him or took it out of context, according to police.
While in a squad car on the way to the Porter County Jail, Young reportedly asked numerous questions about the felony intimidation charge he was facing, including, if he bonded out, what would keep him from doing what he allegedly threatened anyway.
Police also issued Young a criminal trespass warning, at the request of one of the witnesses.
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