St. Paul Dad Accused of Threatening Daughter with AK-47 Over Grades

Updated: 01/25/2013 2:00 PM By: Leslie Dyste

A St. Paul father is accused of threatening his teenage daughter with an assault rifle because she failed to make straight A's and instead got two B's in school.

A criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court Friday charges 51-year-old Kirill Bartashevitch with making terrorist threats.

Bartashevitch is accused of pointing the gun at his 15-year-old daughter and his wife during an argument at their house Jan. 17.

Authorities learned about the incident after a concerned parent alerted a high school social worker.

The parent said she had been monitoring her son's electronic communications when she saw a message to her son. In the message the girl said her father pointed an AK-47 rifle at her.

The social worker talked to the girl who said she was in an argument with her dad about grades. The girl said she swore at her dad and said she hated him.

According to the complaint, he then grabbed a rifle and pointed it at the girl, while her mother jumped between the two of them.

The girl said she wasn't scared because she didn't think the weapon was loaded. She did say she was scared to go home.

The complaint says Bartashevitch had recently bought the AK-47 because he feared the gun would be banned.

Prosecutors say he admitted pointing the gun at his daughter and wife, but argued that it wasn't loaded.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.