Driver Who Displayed Gun in Richmond Road Rage Incident Arrested, Charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Road Rage with gun displayed on Main Street (Route 12) in Richmond, Illinois
Road Rage with gun displayed on Main Street (Route 12) in Richmond, Illinois.

A male suspect has been charged in a road rage incident involving two male drivers on Route 12 in Richmond that occurred Tuesday, April 16, 2019 about 4:43 p.m. Cell phone video captured by the other driver was analyzed by Richmond police and the incident was investigated together with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Brian Schimian, age 41, was accused of pointing a gun at the other motorist, Bart Surroz. The armed driver of a red Jeep Wrangler was identified as Brian Schimian, who was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless driving and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Richmond Police Department. Schimian was released on $5,000 bond. Schimian possessed a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card and a valid Illinois Concealed Carry License, according to Richmond Police Department.

Yesterday, Richmond police were investigating the road rage incident captured on video from two opposing drivers. Each driver posted their videos on social media after an encounter on northbound Route 12 just north of Broadway Road in Richmond. The road rage incident occurred about 4:43 p.m. Tuesday April 16, 2019, according to the date/time stamp on dash cam video.

Bart Surroz, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, posted video from his cell phone on Facebook, which shows his perspective as he walks up to a red Jeep Wrangler that Surroz says was following him. He also said the driver of the Jeep Wrangler, now identified by police as Brian Schimian, was blaring his horn. Schimian, seated in the red Jeep Wrangler, displays a black handgun, and yells at Surroz to get in his car. The driver of the Jeep Wrangler then rapidly drives away, continuing northbound on Route 12.

Surroz obtained the other driver’s dash cam video, which was also posted online. The dash cam video, re-uploaded to Surroz’s Facebook page, shows three stages: some reckless driving leading up to the the encounter, the actual encounter, and some reckless driving after the encounter.

The incident when the gun was displayed occurred in front of the Leather Shoppe and Main Street Coffee Co. across the street. US 12 is known as Main Street in downtown Richmond. The road rage incident is under investigation.

Both videos are included below from the Facebook page of Bart Surroz.


CELL PHONE VIDEO (viewer discretion for language)

Posted by Bartholomew Sky Surroz on Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Posted by Bartholomew Sky Surroz on Wednesday, April 17, 2019



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The Richmond Police Department stated they will be conducting increased patrols and enforcement targeting aggressive and reckless driving offenses, especially in the downtown Richmond area.

There is a profile for Brian Schimian on the publication “Fire Engineering” who is also known locally as a former firefighter for Grayslake Fire Protection District. The profile posted states that Brian Schimian was a firefighter/paramedic with Grayslake Fire Protection District with 13 years of public service, and qualified as a Firefighter III, Paramedic, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Service Vehicle Operator; and in Technical Rescue Awareness, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations.

Schimian also ran for Village Trustee on the Village Board in Richmond this past April 2019. He lost with only 28 votes (7.47%).

Richmond, Illinois is a village in McHenry County about 55 miles northwest of Chicago and about 1 mile south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border. The population of the Richmond as of the US Census in 2010 was 1,901.


Narrative from Barry Surroz from his Facebook post (reader discretion for language) …

Road Rage with gun displayed on Main Street (Route 12) in Richmond, Illinois
Road Rage with gun displayed on Main Street (Route 12) in Richmond, Illinois.

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