Gun and Bat Found in Car of Man who Assaulted Driver in Long Grove
A 41-year-old man was found in possession of a gun and taken into custody after he allegedly got out of his car during a road rage incident in Long Grove and struck another car with a baseball bat.
Around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a traffic conflict that was taking place in the Long Grove area near Route 22 and Old McHenry Road.
Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said the victim, a 53-year-old man, said that he was approached by a man who cut him off in traffic before hitting his car with a bat.
When the sheriff’s deputies showed up there, they talked to the victim. The victim claimed that while they were driving on Old McHenry Road, the man—later identified as Krzysztof Gut, 41, of Long Grove—was tailgating his car.
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Gut pushed by the victim, and the two came to a red light at Route 22, according to Covelli. After making a left turn, the victim came to a stop in traffic. Gut allegedly took a bat and got out of his car.
According to Covelli, Gut shouted at the victim to exit the vehicle so they could “have at it.” Gut is accused of hitting the victim’s car’s taillight with the bat after the victim refused to get out, shattering the taillight housing.
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After the victim dialled 911, Gut’s car was seen in the Kildeer neighbourhood around Cuba Road and Krueger Road. When deputies pulled over Gut, they discovered that he had a gun without a current concealed carry permit, according to Covelli.
Gut was accused with two charges of assault, criminal damage to property, aggravated unlawful use of a firearm without a concealed carry certificate, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon during the commission of a crime. The gun was taken by deputies and recorded as evidence.
After Gut’s release from the first appearance in court on Sunday, prosecutors informed the judge that the accusations against him were not subject to detention under the Illinois SAFE-T Act.