WILLIAMS ST NEAR ISABELLA ST NORTHWEST OF MT PROSPECT PLAZA
Mount Prospect police responded about 8:56 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018, to a report of an attempted child luring in the block of 300 North William Street. Police received a report that a 16-year-old girl was walking when a gray 4-door sedan pulled into a driveway in front of her. The juvenile had seen the vehicle circling the area multiple times while she was walking before the vehicle pulled into the driveway.
The driver of the vehicle rolled down the window and instructed the juvenile to get into the car. The juvenile ignored the driver and continued walking to her destination. The female victim alerted an adult in a short time after the incident. The adult helped the female victim by calling 9-1-1. Officers searched the area for the vehicle, but were unable to locate it. The gray sedan was last seen in the block of 400 Business Center Drive. The suspect’s vehicle apparently crossed Rand Road to the north to an area northwest of Mount Prospect Plaza and southeast of Randhurst Village.
The driver of the vehicle is described as a white male in his 20’s, darker complexion, thin build, with very short dark colored hair, short facial hair, and a long and bent nose. The gray 4-door sedan is possibly an Audi or Infiniti with large shiny four or five spoke rims, dark tinted windows, black front grille and a loud exhaust system.
The Mount Prospect Police Department urges parents and children living in this area to be extra vigilant in the days ahead and to call 9-1-1 immediately should a subject and/or vehicle matching these descriptions be observed. The Mount Prospect Police Department reports they will assign extra patrols with an increased presence in the area.
Additionally, the Mount Prospect Police Department urges parents to use this incident as an opportunity to review safety rules with their children and to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately by calling 9-1-1. The information about the incident was released to the public on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 — about five days (120 hours) after the incident was reported.
Mount Prospect attempted child luring suspect sketch.
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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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