BY JAN WILLMS
Kirill Bartashevitch is out of jail on $20,000 bail with the condition that he stays away from his daughter and wife, unless authorized by Ramsey County Child Protection.
On Jan. 13, he allegedly pointed an AK-47 at his daughter when the two had an argument over grades. The daughter, a 15-year-old Central High School student, had received two Bs instead of all As. According to the filed complaint, during the argument she swore at her father and said she hated him. He then picked up an AK-47 rifle he had recently purchased and pointed it at her.
Her mother, Olga S. Rogovitskaya, intervened, and reported to police that she was thrown to the floor. Bartashevitch ordered the girl to go to her room.
The event came to light when another parent, who had been monitoring her son’s electronic communications, saw a message her son had received from the female student, telling him what had happened. The parent reported the incident to the school social worker, who then contacted police.
In a warranted search of the Bartashevitch residence on Englewood Avenue in St. Paul on Jan. 24, police recovered 9 mm ammunition and two receipts for the sale of an AK-47 style rifle and a newer AK-47 clone rifle, according to the complaint.
Police confirmed that the defendant sold a 7.62X54R firearm to Bill’s Gun Shop Jan. 22 and a Cal-Zastava PAP 70 7.62X30 firearm to Frontiersman Sport, Inc., that same day.
Dennis Gerhardstein, a spokesman for the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, said that state law proclaims that an individual cannot possess any firearms if he is convicted of a charge.
The charges pending against Bartashevitch are two felony counts of terroristic threats regarding the Jan. 13 incident, one pertaining to his daughter and the other to Rogovitskaya.
The child has been placed in a shelter.
“Mom admitted the petition, allowing the court to set conditions for when she can see her child,” Gerhardstein said. “Dad did not admit to it, so he does not get to see his daughter.”
According to the criminal complaint, the defendant did admit to being involved in a physical confrontation with his wife and daughter and pointing his AK-47 at them. He said that the gun was not loaded and that he checked the chamber before he pointed it at them.
Gerhardstein said that Bartashevitch has his next court appearance at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in Ramsey District Court.
“There is also a Children in Need of Protection (CHIPs) petition filed against him in Ramsey District Court regarding contact with his daughter,” Gerhardstein said.