Arlington Heights police responded about 5:06 PM Friday to a report that a jogger was attacked near Lake Arlington at Valley Lane and Windsor Drive Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an adult female jogger was attacked in the area of Valley Lane and Windsor Drive — near the stoplight at the entrance to Lake Arlington. As the victim was jogging, a male wearing dark clothing ran along-side her and tried to engage her in conversation. When she tried to ignore him, he grabbed her by the waist and spun her around. The victim struggled briefly with the suspect and was able to break free to call police. The suspect ran from the scene. The victim was not injured.
This is the third incident in the past fourteen months in which a female jogger was attacked in or near Lake Arlington Park. The previous incidents occurred on September 26, 2013, at 6:00 a.m. in Lake Arlington Park and October 11, 2013, at 5:30 a.m., less than a mile and a half away. In those incidents the victims were also battered. During the September 26, 2013 attack 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 main jogging path (but near the area of the secluded bypass on the north side of Lake Arlington) and forced her to the ground. After a brief struggle, the offender ran away.
The police department is asking people to be aware of their surroundings while jogging, running or walking. Safety tips include: Run with someone else, do not run in a secluded area, do not run during hours of darkness and do not wear earphones.
The Arlington Heights Police Department is actively investigating all three incidents and is seeking witnesses who can provide assistance in identifying the suspect.
Suspect Description Summary: Male, Hispanic, approx.. 6’, 35 years of age, wearing dark clothing
Arlington Heights Police released information about this crime on Friday November 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM — about 5:35 (hours: minutes) after the crime was reported. Please note: The elapsed time of police notification to the public is based on an estimated crime report time.
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IMPORTANT ALERT …
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.
Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.
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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