Man accused of threatening woman, refusing to let her leave house

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A man was arrested after allegedly threatening a woman and preventing her from leaving a home for at least three hours, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Adam Kuspa Sr. was arrested on the following charges:

  • One count of confinement
  • Two counts of criminal confinement
  • Two counts of intimidation
  • Two counts of domestic battery
  • One count of criminal mischief

On Friday, officers with the St. Joseph County Police Department were called to the 54000 block of 26th St. in South Bend for a report of an armed domestic dispute.

The victim told police she tried to leave the residence for three hours, originally because Kuspa was being disrespectful toward her, but Kuspa would not let her leave.

According to the victim, Kuspa sprayed pepper spray toward her and pointed a knife at her.

He also took her cell phone before giving it back when the victim acted like she was okay with what he was doing, according to reports.

Before Kuspa himself left the home, he allegedly punctured a tire on the victim's vehicle.

Police located a flat tire on the victim's vehicle at the scene.

The victim told police Kuspa has been physical with her in the past, allegedly making comments about killing her daughter and family members.

Officers discovered red marks on the victim's neck and bruising on her arm.

Police found Kuspa in the 54000 block of Terrace Lane, where he said he was visiting friends, reports said.

The homeowner on Terrace Lane said she did not know Kuspa and that no one was visiting, according to the probable cause affidavit.

When confronted by police, Kuspa said he didn't do anything because officers didn't find him at the scene of the crime, according to reports.

A witness to the incident said the victim tried to leave but that Kuspa had pepper spray and a knife, though he didn't use it on anyone, reports said.

At one point, the witness told the victim to leave when Kuspa was in the bathroom.

Kuspa heard them and ran out, allegedly blocking the door with his body.

Kuspa has a prior domestic battery conviction.

He is being held on a $2,500 cash bond.

Kuspa will have his initial hearing on March 7.

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