ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING Possible Breakdown in Communications in Arlington Heights: US 14 and Vail Ave; Ridge Ave and Happfield Dr

UPDATE: 10:25 AM FRIDAY:According to a statement by Arlington Heights Police his case is a “Suspicious Incident” case. See The Cardinal “ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING” UPDATE: Suspicious Incident with Blue Pickup Truck at Northwest Highway and Vail Ave, Arlington Heights …

UPDATE 10:25 PM THURSDAY: This case looks like it was a breakdown in communications, where the subject communicated or attempted to communicate with the victims, but apparently was NOT a kidnapping attempt. Detectives are investigating the strange coincidence that two locations were involved, but police are saying late tonight that the case is NOT being considered as a kidnapping attempt.

This probably had some people recalling Drew Peterson’s blue drum in the case of his missing wife Stacy Peterson. Chalk this one up to a drill, and be cautious as in any case when a stranger approaches you — especially if they have two barrels in the bed of their pickup truck.

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Arlington Heights police responded about 3:25 PM Thursday to a report of attempted kidnappings at two locations with the first location at Northwest Highway and Vail Avenue Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report of an attempted kidnapping at two locations. The first location was at Northwest Highway and Vail Avenue. The second location was at Ridge Avenue and Happfield Drive.

The offender’s vehicle was described as a bright blue GMC pickup truck with large blue barrels in the bed of the pickup truck.

The offender was described as a male/Hispanic age 30, 6’0″ 250 LBS with a short beard.

The GMC pickup truck was last seen heading westbound on Happfield Drive from Ridge Avenue.

DEVELOPING: Information is limited at this time. It is unknown if there were two different victims, or if the attempts involved the same victim at two locations.

No known reverse 9-1-1 alert by Everbridge has been activated.

LOCATION 1
LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of area of attempted kidnapping at Northwest Highway and Vail Avenue …

LOCATION 2
LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of area of attempted kidnapping at Ridge Avenue and Happfield Drive …

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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