A 53-year-old Lake Villa man was arrested for allegedly punching two nurses after a disagreement regarding the care of a family member physically escalated at a rehabilitation center in Long Grove Sunday morning.
Vitaliy Sergiyenko, 53, of Lake Villa, was charged with aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 9:40 a.m. Sunday to Avantara Long Grove, 1666 Checker Road in Long Grove, for a report of a staff member who was battered, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Ari Briskman said.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said during a bond hearing Tuesday that Sergiyenko was visiting his mother and father at the rehabilitation center.
Sergiyenko’s father told his son that a nurse injured his hand, Katris said.
Sergiyenko’s lawyer said at the hearing that his client tried to discuss the issue with the nurse when the disagreement escalated into a physical scuffle.
Sergiyenko then allegedly punched the nurse in the face. Another nurse observed the battery and went to break up the altercation when Sergiyenko also allegedly punched that nurse in the head, Katris said.
During the altercation, Briskman said Sergiyenko allegedly placed one of the staff members into a headlock and struck them with his fist.
Deputies arrested Sergiyenko at the scene and transported him to the Lake County Jail, Briskman said.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak set Sergiyenko’s bond at $35,000. He was posted bailed on Friday and was released.
Sergiyenko is scheduled to appear in court on August 16 for a preliminary hearing.