A man with at least two past felony convictions is facing more felony charges after punching a neighbor and threatening him with an AK-47 rifle early Saturday morning in a trailer park near Des Plaines, authorities said.
Timothy Bogacki, 32, of the 4000 block of East Touhy Avenue in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines, is being charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and battery, according to spokesman Frank Bilecki of the Cook County sheriff's office.
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Because Bogacki has at least two prior forcible felony convictions, he also is being charged with being an armed habitual criminal, a felony, Bilecki said.
About 4:50 a.m., the sheriff's office received a call from a resident of the trailer park saying a man who may have a rifle had punched him and threatened him, Bilecki said. The man reported soreness from the punch but no other injuries. Deputies arrived on scene about five minutes later to begin searching for the suspect, then described as a white man in his 30s.
Sheriff's personnel found Bogacki hiding in bushes about three blocks northwest of his trailer home, Bilecki said. He was taken back to his home where he consented to a search. Bogacki did not have a weapon on him, and authorities did not immediately find one in the home. But they continued searching. "An AK-47 was found laying in the grass behind his residence," Bilecki said.
He said the weapon is registered to Bogacki's wife, who is away on military duty. No other weapons were found.
Bogacki will be transported to the Cook County court house at 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago for a bond hearing Sunday morning, Bilecki said.