After arresting a man last Thursday as a suspect in a criminal trespass case at a house on Patton Circle, police have now charged the man, Frank Mendez with the criminal sexual assault that occurred at Church Creek about four days earlier and about one block away.
On August 20th, 2015, at approximately 10:40 p.m., a 97-year-old female was sexually assaulted inside her residence at the Church Creek Senior Center at Central Road and Dwyer Avenue. The offender description was never relased by Arlington Heights Police Department. Preliminary investigation indicated that entry was made through an unsecured window. The victim was transported to Northwest Community Hospital where she was treated and subsequently released.
On Thursday, September 24th, 2015, the Arlington Heights Police Department arrested and charged Frank Mendez with Criminal Trespass to Residence for an incident that occurred on August 20th, 2015, at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the 700 block of S. Patton Circle.
During that investigation, Mendez became a suspect in the aggravated criminal sexual assault case. As the investigation continued, it was established that Mendez was the offender at the Church Creek sexual assault incident and was charged with criminal sexual assault in addition to the previous charge of criminal trespass.
Frank Mendez, age 51, resides at 2026 West Algonquin Road Apt. #1A, Mt. Prospect IL.
Due to the nature of the crime, the victim’s name and address are not being released.
Arlington Heights police also have an open case for indecent exposure incidents which were reported to have occurred in the area of Sunset Meadows near Kirchhoff Road and Dwyer Avenue. There was no mention whether police were investigating whether Mendez was considered a suspect in those incidents which occurred near the criminal sexual assault incident and the criminal trespass incident.
The Cardinal previously reported the connection of time and place regarding the criminal trespass on Patton Circle and the Criminal Sexual Assault at Church Creek.
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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