A man is facing a slew of charges after he allegedly battered two people and stabbed a dog, seriously injuring it, in Beach Park.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded on November 28 to a domestic battery call involving Nicholas S. Payne-Chapa, 25, of the 10100 block of West Chrissy Avenue in Beach Park.
Payne-Chapa allegedly battered a female victim, with who he had been in a prior relationship with, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Anthony Vega.
Payne-Chapa and the victim had been at a bar together earlier in the evening.
The victim drove the man to his residence and she returned to the bar.
Payne-Chapa walked back to the bar and started an argument with the victim, Vega said.
The victim again drove Payne-Chapa to his residence and he allegedly battered her in his driveway.
The victim then went to a relative’s home in the 34800 block of North Oakwood Avenue in Beach Park.
Payne-Chapa went to the home, forced entry into it and battered the female victim a second time, Vega said. He also allegedly battered the 51-year-old homeowner.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and deputies attempted to arrest Payne-Chapa but he resisted.
He was charged with domestic battery, battery, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to residence and resisting a peace officer.
The next day, the female victim went to Payne-Chapa’s residence to retrieve her mixed-breed dog, which had temporarily been staying with Payne-Chapa.
The dog was found seriously injured and the woman took it to an emergency vet.
The vet determined the dog had been stabbed twice and cut multiple other times.
The dog required immediate medical attention to treat the wounds, Vega said.
Sheriff’s deputies determined Payne-Chapa had stabbed the dog after previously being dropped off by the victim.
Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for one count of aggravated cruelty to an animal on December 17. He was arrested on that warrant the same day.
On Wednesday, a grand jury returned an indictment against Payne-Chapa charging him with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated cruelty to animals, battery causing bodily harm and aggravated domestic battery.
Court records show the man was released from custody on a $757,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on January 24.