THE LOOP — A suburban man was held on $55,000 bail Tuesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at a family of five, including three children, following a traffic argument on the Eisenhower Expy.
Prosecutors said Daniel Patrick, of the 500 block of South Sidney Avenue in Glendale Heights, was arrested Monday after he pointed a blue steel 9 mm handgun at a man, his wife and their three young children.
Patrick, 28, and the man got into an argument about 1 p.m. Monday while in traffic on the Eisenhower Expressway, according to court documents and prosecutors.
As their two cars approached 0-100 block of West Congress Parkway, Patrick allegedly cut the family's car off and said "I got something for you" and then cocked back the handgun, according to court documents.
The man and his wife had three children in the car with them at the time, all of which were younger than 10 years old. The oldest of the children later told police "I saw him point a gun at my mommy," referring to Patrick, court documents show.
Police arrested Patrick blocks away at 108 S. State St., and he was charged with five counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
Patrick, through a Cook County public defender, said he denied the account given by prosecutors, but Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan ordered him held on $55,000 bail.