Man retrieved 2 loaded guns and threatened to shoot up a River North nightclub after getting kicked out, prosecutors say

Mahdim Alhaw | CPD

A man who’s on bail for three felony cases is charged with carrying two guns and threatening to shoot up a River North nightclub after staff members kicked him out early Sunday.

Police went to the club on the 300 block of West Chicago around 3:15 a.m. in response to several 911 calls. When they arrived, they saw three of the club’s employees pinning Mahdi Alhaw, 30, to the ground, prosecutors said.

The employees gave police two loaded handguns that they said they took from Alhaw.

Prosecutors said Alhaw threatened to shoot up the club after employees kicked Alhaw out for being unruly and belligerent. After being ejected, Alhaw walked about 20 feet to his car and retrieved the two loaded handguns from its trunk, according to prosecutors. That’s when the staff members allegedly moved in and called the police.

Officers found a third gun in Alhaw’s car, but it was not loaded, prosecutors said. He is not licensed to own or carry weapons in Illinois, according to the allegations.

Prosecutors charged Alhaw with three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon while threatening violence and aggravated assault in a public place.

Court records show he has three separate felony cases pending in the suburbs for possession of stolen motor vehicles, theft of more than $100,000, and similar charges.

Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Alhaw held in lieu of $75,000 in the nightclub case. He must post $7,500 to get out of jail on electronic monitoring under her order.

Ortiz also ordered him held without bail temporarily until the judges in his pending cases have an opportunity to review the new developments on December 1, 2, and 3.

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