Several people inquired about police activity on Friday January 23, 2015 in the area of Central Road east of Northwest Community Hospital, and reported observing police flying down Central Road in Arlington Heights. Apparently the police activity involved Arlington Heights police officers responding to assist Mount Prospect police on a felony traffic stop. The exact location of the felony traffic stop was initially unknown, but the reason for the felony traffic stop was believed to have originated from a shots fired call in Mount Prospect that occurred just northwest of Algonquin Road and Busse Road.
A felony traffic stop involves multiple police officer surrounding a vehicle that is considered having high-risk occupants inside the vehicle. Police usually call for backup from multiple police officers before initiating the traffic stop, and then keep their distance from the vehicle while giving instructions and keeping complete control over the occupants — usually ordering them out of the vehicle one-at-a-time and having suspect(s) lie face down on the street before they are handcuffed.
Mount Prospect released information about the shots fired call, but did not mention exactly where the stop occurred. Mount Prospect police also did not initially mention Arlington Heights assisting with their traffic stop. The Cardinal checked with Mount Prospect Police Department yesterday, and received confirmation that the traffic stop did occur in Arlington Heights on westbound Central Road near Kirchhoff Road. In order to maximize safety for other motorists, Mount Prospect police followed the suspects westbound into Arlington Heights as backup police units from Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights converged in the area. The maximum show of force during a felony traffic stop is designed to discourage fleeing by suspects, and reduce risks and hazards associated with encounters with possible violent offenders and the police.
PREVENTABLE DANGEROUS SITUATION?
Mount Prospect police responded about 8:46 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 to a report of shots fired in the block of 1500 S Canford Cliffs Road Mount Prospect, IL. Police received a report that witnesses saw two male subjects running through the parking lot and getting into a silver colored vehicle immediately after the gun shots were heard. The witnesses reported the silver vehicle fled the parking lot northbound on Busse Road. Responding officers located a silver vehicle matching the description, given by witnesses, in the immediate area and stopped the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle were interviewed and they were determined to be involved in the incident.
— Arlingtoncards (@Arlingtoncards) January 28, 2015
During the course of the investigation, officers were able to determine two of the occupants of the vehicle, Juan Ibarra and Ivan Avila, unlawfully and recklessly discharged a firearm into the air in the 1500 block of Canford Cliffs Road with the intention to intimidate rival gang members in the area. Officers recovered the firearm used by Ibarra and Avila. At this time, there have been no injuries or damage to property reported as a result of this incident.
“The officers did an outstanding job responding to this call of shots fired. The coordinated efforts of the patrol officers and investigators in this incident and several other incidents involving firearms recently have led to the successful arrest of several known gang members.”
— Tim Janowick, Mount Prospect Police Chief
Ibarra and Avila both were subsequently charged and taken to a bond hearing at the Circuit Court of Cook County on January 25, 2015. Juan Ibarra’s bond was set at $40,000.00 “D” and Ivan Avila’s bond was set at $20,000.00 “D”.
Mount Prospect police remind the public that criminal charges are not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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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