Another report of a suspicious incident in Scarsdale involving a possible attempted child luring incident or child predator type of crime in Scarsdale near Schagg Park at Mayfair Road and Lincoln Lane has been shared on a social media platform Sunday September 24, 2017. The Arlington Heights Police Department has not confirmed this latest report to the general public, but a similar report was confirmed by Arlington Heights Police Department regarding an incident reported to have occurred on Sunday August 6, 2017 on Rockwell Street in the same neighborhood.
The latest incident is reported to have occurred about 5:00 p.m. Sunday September 24, 2017 near the intersection of Mayfair Road and Lincoln Lane when a 13 year-old girl was approached by a man in a red sedan. The social media message shared describes that a man in a red sedan attempted to pull her aside. He is reported to have said he would “give her $10 if she would do him a favor.”
The girl said she had to go home to her parents, and then the suspect sped off at a high speed southbound on Lincoln Lane. The Mayfair/Lincoln intersection is just east of a small triangular park (Shaag Park) where Lincoln Lane connects southbound to a dead end at Dryden Elementary School. Mayfair Road connects eastbound to a dead end near Davis Street. Via Park Street or Dryden Place, the neighborhood has access to main thoroughfares. The Scarsdale neighborhood has quick access to Davis Street and then Northwest Highway, and also has quick access to Arlington Heights Road and quick access to Central Road.
The suspect was described as male/white in his 20s or 30s with scruffy facial hair and brown hair. He is described wearing a hat — possibly a white baseball hat with red and green.
The red sedan is described as possibly a 4-door, not a newer model, but not a “beater.”
The social media post reports this is the “4th or 5th similar incident within 3 months” although Arlingtoncardinal.com is only aware of one previous incident reported on August 6, 2017.
On Monday afternoon, South Middle School and Dryden Elementary School and presumably other District 25 schools sent out the following notice.
DISTRICT 25 EMAIL
Dear South Community,
The Dryden Elementary School Principals sent out the below message to families this afternoon. We are sharing the message with our South community to make all aware. This is a good time to remind even our middle school aged children about going to and from school more safely. Here is a link to a flyer [link missing] we have shared in past years. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns or you can contact the Arlington Heights Police Department.
The South Administration
Dear Dryden Families,
Earlier today, we were notified of a Facebook post that reported an incident of a man driving a red car in the Scarsdale area, who approached a 13-year old girl, offering her “$10 to do a favor.” The Arlington Heights police recently confirmed that such a report was filed on Sunday, September 24, 2017. The red car was described as a four-door sedan. The man was described as a white male in his mid-20’s with brown hair and a brown scruffy beard wearing a mostly white baseball-style hat. We wanted you to be aware of this report, and we encourage you to contact the police (call 911) should you have additional information.
Our students’ safety is of utmost importance to us. We strongly encourage the children to travel to and from school in groups if not with parents or caregivers and immediately seek help from a staff member or trusted adult if approached by a stranger. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions
Akemi Sessler and Stefanie Beane (Dryden Principals)
The Shaag Park location near Mayfair Road and Lincoln Lane is about one-half mile north the location of a previous suspicious incident/attempted child luring incident in the block of 700 East Rockwell Street.
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Arlington Heights police responded about 2:16 PM Sunday August 6, 2017 to 700 East Rockwell Street Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an offender drove up to a female juvenile and offered her money in exchange for a sex act. The offender was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The suspect was decribed as a white male in his 20’s or 30’s, with short brown hair, and a brown beard.
The vehicle was described as a newer model, red, 4-door sedan and was last seen westbound on Rockwell Street from Newbury Place in the Scarsdale/Scarsdale Estate area. The incident occurred lest than a block or two from Dryden Elementary School.
The crime is reported to have occurred on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 02:15 PM.
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.