Prosecutors have charged a driver with brandishing a gun and threatening to shoot two pedestrians that he almost struck with his car in Streeterville on Thanksgiving morning.
Michael Mazur nearly struck the two victims as he made a turn on the 500 block of East Illinois at 9:13 a.m., Assistant State’s Attorney Carolyn Nevin said.
An exchange of words about what happened escalated when Mazur got out of his car and retrieved a handgun from the trunk, according to Nevin.
He put an ammunition magazine into the weapon, racked the slide, and threatened to shoot the victims before getting back into his car and driving away, Nevin said.
The victims called police, and officers radioed a description of the suspect, his car, and its license plate to other units. Cops pulled Mazur over based on that information and learned that he had a revoked Firearm Owner’s ID card and a suspended concealed carry license, Nevin continued. They allegedly found a gun in his trunk, too.
The victims identified Mazur and his gun, Nevin said. A witness to the incident reportedly identified him, too.
Mazur’s private defense attorney said Mazur is 61, married, and is battling some serious health conditions. According to the lawyer, Mazur believed his gun licenses were still valid.
Prosecutors charged Mazur with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and two misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Judge Maryam Ahmad set bail at $5,000, meaning Mazur can go home on electronic monitoring by posting a $500 deposit. He is due back in court on December 3.