News of Armed Home Invasion Released Over One Month After Armed Attack of Woman In Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove police responded in darkness on Monday June 10, 2013 to a home invasion in the block of 200 Raupp Boulevard Buffalo Grove, IL. An extensive manhunt and K-9 search immediately followed the report of the home invasion. A female homeowner was injured slightly during the home invasion, and was transported to Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, where she was released a short time later.

Arlington Heights police assisted the manhunt with a K-9 unit.

Yesterday one subject, Joseph M. Bonadonna, 17, of the 16000 block of Woodbine Circle, appeared in Cook County Circuit Court — Rolling Meadows branch — on the charge of home invasion with a firearm. Bonadonna’s bond was set at $80,000.

Police believe Bonadonna is one of five subjects, who collectively were armed with baseball bats and a gun during the June 10, 2013 attack. A warrant has also been issued for a 17-year-old from Lake Zurich.

The group attacked the female in her home and fled before police arrived. It is unknown whether the female victim knew the attackers.

The home invasion occurred five days after Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights police switched radio communications and were no longer capable of being monitored because the radios are encrypted and also use TDMA technology that is not received by any currently manufactured police/fire scanner. Northwest Central Dispatch System switched to the new secret technology on Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013.

The Cardinal has previously reported that the secret radio communications presents a danger to the public, especially if armed subjects are at large and local or regional neighbors have no knowledge of the fleeing offenders and the potential encounter with the armed and dangerous subjects.

The Cardinal argues that police have an obligation to immediately make citizens aware when there are armed subjects believed to be at large in a neighborhood, since the home invaders or armed subjects could commit another home invasion nearby in their efforts to hide and escape.

The lack of awareness that is now assured by Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove police secret radio channels, actually give offenders a better chance at escape because neighbors are not at a heightened level of alertness. Neighbors’ memories are also less likely to remember any suspicious incidents that could be helpful in finding the subjects. Over 30 days have passed since the news of the home invasion. The residents in the area are less likely to remember any circumstances that might have been related to the home invasion that could have helped investigators with a description of a fleeing vehicle or fleeing offender. The lack of awareness also helps offenders go undetected by neighbors that might recognize something suspicious should offender(s) return for a second attack at a later date.

Remember that the capture of Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (see photo of capture) was the result of an alert resident, who had heightened awareness of the Boston manhunt. Despite a massive manhunt, with military-like house-to-house searches and aerial searches, it was one citizen in his backyard that effected the capture of the bomber/terrorist by making a simple 9-1-1 call about the suspicious circumstances in his backyard. The resident’s safety was assured because he knew not to approach his boat parked on the driveway. And Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured because of the resident’s simple 9-1-1 phone call.

The police are making possible deadly decisions that could harm innocent people by going the direction of secret communications instead of using the awareness facilitated by police scanners and smartphone apps. Some police departments have actually embraced the smartphone technology to keep their citizens aware, but some, like Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights have chosen to go secret even though no harm has come from their previously open communications for the past several decades. Tactical teams can still use secret/secure communications channels, face-to-face meetings, or telephones to achieve the most effective secret surprise approach and surround tactics to apprehend suspects at a specific location.

Map of neighborhood of armed home invasion on June 5, 2013 …

See also …
The Cardinal Police Radio Encryption: Not Secure, A Transparency Failure, A Public Safety Nightmare

The Cardinal OP-ED: Crypto Cop vs. The Cardinal on Police Radio Encryption

The Cardinal Arlington Heights Police and Other NW Suburbs Encrypting Police Communications; A Tale from Mobile, AL Too

The Cardinal Cook County Sheriff Dart: What’s the Big Secret Regarding Shooting Suspect Information at Birch Manor?


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