Police: Elmwood Park man put gun to son’s head, told him to go back to school

Viktor Barkov | Photo from Cook County sheriff's office
Viktor Barkov | Photo from Cook County sheriff's office

An Elmwood Park man is in custody after using a gun to motivate his son to go back to school, police say.

Viktor Barkov, 55, of 2711 N. 75th Court, Elmwood Park, was arrested at 12:16 a.m. Aug. 23 and charged with aggravated assault and use of a deadly weapon. According to police reports, Barkov was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife and 22-year-old son.

During the incident, Barkov allegedly got a Ruger SR40 handgun from his closet and put the gun to his son’s head. According to police reports he then said to his son, “If you don’t go back to school I’m going to put a hole through your head.”

Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said that when police arrived on the scene there was no confrontation between Barkov and his officers. His weapon was seized and inventoried.

Barkov appeared in bond court Sunday and was ordered held on a $25,000 bond. His next court appearance is set forTuesday in Maywood.

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