Arlington Heights police responded about 5:31 AM Friday to a report of a woman attacked near the intersection of Hintz Road and Haddow Avenue Arlington Heights, IL. Police responded to a report that a woman was attacked near the intersection. At least six police cars were on the scene during the pre-dawn time period.
Police received a report that an adult female jogger was attacked in the area of Hintz Road and Haddow Avenue. As the victim was jogging, a male wearing dark clothing grabbed her and forced her to the ground. The victim struggled briefly with the suspect and was aided by a good samaritan. The suspect ran from the scene. The victim was not injured.
The offender was described as a male, approximately 6’ thin build wearing dark clothing
The crime is reported to have occurred at about 5:30 a.m.
Sunrise was at 7:01 a.m. this morning with the break of dawn at 6:33 a.m.
This is the second incident in two weeks in which a female jogger was attacked in Arlington Heights. The incidents occurred within a mile and a half of each other.
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 in both incidents 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.
A female jogger was also grabbed by a male subject on August 18, 2013 near Euclid Avenue and Dryden Avenue, and near Oakton Street and Beverly Avenue during the same run through the neighborhood. A suspect that lives near Dryden and Kensington was arrested.
The Cardinal has been a strong critic of Arlington Heights police using secret military grade encrypted radios because neighborhood watch groups and every day citizens cannot monitor police communications, cannot receive early alerts about dangers in their neighborhoods, cannot be alert to fleeing suspects and therefore can not be the eyes and ears for community policing issues.
The Cardinal believes that criminals have an advantage over police and the community when citizens are kept in the dark and do not have real time criminal activity awareness.
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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