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False Rumor of Second Taser Attack in Schaumburg Circulates Via Email and Social Media

Mon January 16 2012 12:05 pm
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Over the weekend, there was a rumor that a second taser attack occurred in Schaumburg. As of this morning and since the first attack that occurred on January 4, 2012, there is NO KNOWN SECOND ATTACK.

The Village of Schaumburg has issued the following statement regarding the circulated false reports of a second attack:

Rumor of Second Residential Attack NOT True

The Schaumburg Police Department learned that there are e-mails circulating through the community and postings to social media sites alleging that there have been “several attacks” with a “Taser” in Schaumburg. These reports are not true.

There was in fact only ONE such incident that occurred on January 4 in the area of Barrington Road and Old Church Road. A resident answered her front door and was confronted by an unknown offender with a “stun-gun”. The offender struggled with the victim and fled when learning a roommate was in the home. The offender did not ransack the residence. The next day, January 5, the Schaumburg Police Department issued a community alert (#2012-002) to advise the residents of Schaumburg about the incident. Upon the completion of a suspect sketch, a second community alert (2012-003) was issued on January 9.

The source of the original e-mail, alleging more than one such attack, has been located. While this person was well intentioned, they unfortunately stated incorrect information. While we do appreciate our residents sharing information with their neighbors in an effort to prevent crime, we do caution that you should verify the source and accuracy of such information before sharing it with others. We ask that you only relay information from credible sources such as community alerts issued by the Schaumburg Police Department.

All community alerts we issue are sent to the media, posted on the village web site (, posted to Facebook (Village of Schaumburg), and to Twitter (SchaumburgIL). Residents and businesses who receive our monthly Crime Prevention newsletter also are sent, via, e-mail any community alerts we issue. Should you wish to receive such e-mails from the police department, send an e-mail to Crime Prev. Specialist Paula Diaz at [email protected]

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