North Center: Man charged with lewd behavior near daycare center, knife threats

Bogathy | Chicago Police Dept

Charges have been filed against a man who allegedly exposed himself and touch himself inappropriately outside of a North Center daycare center in April. The arrest was made after the man returned to the area two weeks ago, according to a criminal complaint.

An FBI agent told police that he was dropping off his children at a daycare center in the 2600 block of West Irving Park Road on April 30th when a man approached his car, pulled down his pants, and began touching himself. The agent recorded the incident on his phone and then informed the school.

Three months later, on the afternoon of July 31st, a seven-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man were in the 3100 block of West Irving Park when they reported being threatened by a man with a knife. The offender threatened the two victims and spit on the boy, according to police. He ran from the scene after the older victim sprayed him with pepper spray.

Officers searched the area and stopped 51-year-old Russell Bogathy in the 2500 block of Irving after seeing him walking down the street with a knife in his hand, police said. A faculty member from the daycare center who saw the arrest taking place approached the police with a community alert that detailed the April incident.

Prosecutors charged Bogathy with misdemeanor aggravated assault, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor indecent behavior-lewd exposure. Judge Joanne Rosado ordered him held without bail. Bogathy was also ordered held on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a separate trespassing charge.

Bogathy is due back in court on August 30th.

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