Elk Grove Village Police Release Attempted Sexual Assault Suspect Information 37 Days After Crime Occurred

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Elk Grove Village police released information including a surveillance image of a male/black suspect today regarding an attempted sexual assault that is reported to have occurred December 24, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. Police did not say when the crime was reported by the victim. If the crime was reported on the day of the crime, there is a delay of about 37 days before the information was released to the public.

Now police say they are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted for questioning in the attempted criminal sexual assault case.

Police said a male suspect entered a business near Higgins Road and Joey Drive at 8:00 a.m. December 24, 2014 and attacked an employee. The employee was able to fight off the attacker. Police also did not specify whether the victim was a male or a female.

The suspect was described as 6’0″ about 220 LBS in his late 20s or early 30s with dark-colored hair and a dark complexion. He was reported wearing a blue-and-black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Citizens with information are urged to contact the Elk Grove Village Police Department at 847-357-4167.


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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