Two Rolling Meadows Men Arrested in Connection with Shooting Wednesday, November 5 Near Dempster St and Algonquin Rd, Mount Prospect

Julio Avila, 21, of Rolling Meadows, and Eduardo Castro, 18, of Rolling Meadows, have each been charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm after a “shots fired” incident with a gunshot victim near Dempster Street and Algonquin Road in Mount Prospect on Wednesday November 5, 2014.

Castro and Avila were riding in a car heading westbound on Algonquin Road just west of Dempster Street at about 8:19 p.m. Wednesday November 5 when the suspects spotted a group of men standing near a dumpster on the street and yelled something out the window, according to information gathered by police investigators.



Avila in the front passenger seat, allegedly fired three shots at the group. A 21-year-old Arlington Heights man was shot in his arm and was transported by Mount Prospect Fire Department firefighter/paramedics to Northwest Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A 38-year-old man from Arlington Heights, was grazed by a bullet. Police and firefighter/paramedics found a bullet hole on his jacket, but no wounds.

Avila, 5’6″ 200 LBS, and Castro, 5’7″ 290 LBS, were arrested at an undisclosed location on Tuesday. Both were charged with Aggravated Battery/Discharge of a Firearm. Avila and Castro appeared in bond court on Wednesday. Avila was ordered held on $300,000 bond, and Castro was held on $150,000 bond, according to court records.

The two are scheduled to appear in court on December 12, according to court records.


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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