Palatine police responded about 7:00 PM Wednesday to a report of a man acting in a threatening manner and committing a battery at Walgreens, 805 West Euclid Avenue Palatine, IL. Police received a report that a man approached a woman and physically contacted the woman after demanding that she get in her vehicle. The woman was merely loading packages in her car when the interaction occurred.
The man had his hands in his pockets, implied that he had a weapon, and had a scarf covering his face, as he told the female victim to get in her car. When the victim refused, the man pressed his upper body against her. The woman screamed, which attracted the attention of bystanders. The man retreated while telling the victim the episode was all a joke. The crime is apparently being classified as a battery and disorderly conduct, and not attempted robbery or attempted kidnapping at this time.
The offender, described as a male/white subject, 5’5″ to 5’7″ age 20-30, was wearing a black skullcap, tan jacket, scarf, and construction boots.
The offender was last seen walking southbound on the east side of the store. The store, located at the southwest corner of Euclid Avenue and Quentin Road is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and another shopping center.
Police urge any citizens with information regarding the incident to call Palatine Police Department at 847-359-9000 or 9-1-1.
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, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. 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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