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Cops: Maine Township man intimidated witness
By Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff

Janusz Owca


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Published: 8/26/2010 9:12 AM | Updated: 8/26/2010 11:29 AM

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A Maine Township man behind bars picked up additional charges of intimidating a female victim while in jail, Cook County Sheriff officials said.

Janusz Owca, 32, of the 9400 block of Bay Colony in Maine Township, has been charged with aggravated domestic battery and felony intimidation for calling the female witness while in jail, said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart in a news release Thursday.

Owca is being held in Cook County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bond, the release adds. The two charges of intimidation and domestic battery are in addition to a previous domestic violence conviction Owca received in July.

Sheriff officers were called to the 9400 block of Bay Colony outside of Des Plaines Sunday where the female victim told officers Owca returned home drunk and violently attacked her following a verbal argument.

The victim said Owca pulled her hair and choked her, which forced her to leave the building with her minor children, the news release said.

When the officer went to speak with Owca, he threatened to hurt the officer and then took up a fighting stance, the news release said.

The officer was able to subdue and place Owca in handcuffs, where he was transported to jail, the release said. During the transport, though, Owca told the arresting officer that he could have the victim killed while he was in jail, the release said.

After being processed and taken to jail, Owca was allowed one phone call, the release said. Owca used that call to call the victim and threatened to kill her when he got out of jail, the release said.

The victim called police to report Owca's threat after taking the phone call, police said. Call logs were reviewed, where it was proved the call from jail was made.

Detectives met with the Cook County State's Attorney's office, who approved a charge of felony intimidation, along with the original aggravated domestic battery charge.

The release said the victim has been offered a safe haven for her and the children, and other assistance to ensure their security.

This latest issue is the latest in a long line of recent arrests for Owca. He was arrested and charged on June 27th for DUI by the Des Plaines Police Department, then arrested by Cook County Sheriff's Police for domestic battery later the same evening.

Owca pleaded guilty to that charge on July 8th and was given a conditional discharge and 18 months probation. However, Owca violated that probation with the August 22nd arrest. Owca also has previous arrests for drug possession and theft, the release said.

Owca has a court date scheduled Friday.