Murder-Suicide: Two Fatal Stabbing Victims Found in Apartment Bathtub on Dempster St, Mount Prospect

UPDATE: July Diaz-Hernandez and Victariao Lopez-Rosales have been identified as the woman and man found dead in a home in the 500 block of Dempster Street in Mount Prospect. The Hernandez death was ruled a homicide and the Lopez-Rosalez death was ruled a suicide, after autopsies by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

The couple had two children, who did not witness the incident. It is unknown if the couple were married.

Mount Prospect police and firefighter/paramedics responded at an unknown time Tuesday to find two fatal stabbing victims in the block of 500 West Dempster Street Mount Prospect, IL. The circumstances that brought police and firefighter/paramedics to the scene are unknown.

A man, age 46, and a female, age 31, were found dead in a bath tub. The man, Lopez-Rosales was found with a knife still in his chest. Both victims were pronounced dead at 8:53 a.m.

Map of area of death investigation after a man and woman were found dead in a bathtub with stab wounds …

There is no mention of the suspicious deaths or investigation efforts on the official Mount Prospect Twitter account or the official Mount Prospect Police Department Twitter account in a reasonable time frame. The latest tweet from either account announced (12:11 PM – 22 Oct 2013) that “Mount Prospect Makes Top 10 Best Places to Live in Illinois” and links to a post on the official Mount Prospect website reporting that Movoto Real Estate ranked Mount Prospect in the top 10 among Illinois cities regarding amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment and home value.

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 secret military-grade 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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