Arlington Heights Police Out at Break of Dawn to Warn Joggers, Walkers, Bikers of an Attack Last Thursday

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Police Request Help to Attempt to Identify Battery Suspect; Warn Public About Pre-Dawn Attack
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Police on the path at Lake Arlington on the north side of the lake near the location where a woman was attacked and dragged to a wooded area before she escaped.

Arlington Heights police were out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and early Monday to alert joggers, bikers, and walkers about an attack of a female jogger on the open trail just north of the lake. Police handed out fliers and placed fliers on windshields of vehicles parked at the Lake Arlington parking lot. Uniformed officers were out over the weekend alert patrons of the park. Monday morning detectives were located in three positions around the lake.

One man wondered about the new safety procedures implemented at the Lake Arlington trail, which has all people walking in the same direction. He thinks it makes it easier for an offender to sneak up behind people, since they are all facing the same direction.

The woman was attacked just before the break of dawn. Civil twilight or the dawn began at 6:17 a.m. which is when the first noticeable light appears in the sky over Lake Arlington. On Monday the break of dawn was about four minutes later at 6:21 a.m. Sunrise on Thursday, September 26, 2013 was 6:45 a.m. — usually about 30 minutes after the break of dawn. During twilight there are areas of the woods that remain much darker than open areas. Most people stayed of the short segment of trail that is located in the woods on the north side. It is much easier for an offender to hide in those dark area — especially during twilight when victim’s eyes might not adjust rapidly from a light sky to a dark wooded area. A person wearing dark clothing can hide very effectively. See the photo album on The Cardinal Crime and Forensics Facebook page for views of various levels of light and darkness after dawn and after sunrise.

Photo at of Lake Arlington at 6:23 a.m. Monday September 30, 2013 in the Arlington Cardinal Crime & Forensics photo album for Lake Arlington Morning Twilight Monday 09.30.2013.

On September 26, 2013, at approximately 6:00 a.m., an adult female was jogging at Lake Arlington Park when a male wearing dark clothing grabbed her from behind. The offender dragged her off the jogging path and forced her to the ground. After a brief struggle, the offender ran away.

The Arlington Heights Police Department is seeking witnesses and is requesting assistance in identifying the offender.

The offender is described as a male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a thin build, and wearing dark clothing.

The female victim was not injured, and could not assist with a sketch of the offender at this time. The attack occurred on the north side of Lake Arlington, which is where the wooded area is located.

Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.

The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.

The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.

Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.

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