|Bogatyrev (inset) allegedly fired a shot into the sidewalk after being surrounded at an ATM. | Google; CPD|
A bar security guard was arrested after he fired a handgun into the ground on the Hubbard Street nightlife district in River North, police said.
Aleksandr Bogatyrev told police that a group of people surrounded him near an ATM at 21 West Hubbard around 2 a.m. on June 3. He fired his handgun into the ground, apparently in an effort to defeat what he believed to be a robbery.
A 21-year-old woman who was in the group of people called the police and filed charges against Bogatyrev, who works at El Jefe Tavern, 15 West Hubbard, according to prosecutors.
Bogatyrev is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.
River North Robbery Report
Two men were attacked and robbed in separate River North incidents early Saturday.
• A Streeterville man was thrown to the ground by two men who put guns to the back of his head and took everything out of his pockets near Illinois and Lake Shore Drive around 3:30 a.m. The victim, who was walking home when the attack took place, could not offer a description of the gunmen.
• Minutes later, an officer on patrol found a man in his mid-20’s beaten badly and apparently going into shock on a sidewalk in the 100 block of West Kinzie. The victim, believed to be a robbery victim, suffered facial injuries and blood loss.