Arlington Heights police announced Wednesday, February 20, 2019 that an investigation into the Disorderly Conduct of a male offender — driving a tan/yellow Kia Soul, who acted suspiciously by following and staring at a high school girl who was walking home from school — has been arrested after being positively identified through a photographic lineup. On Thursday, February 14, 2019, Stephen M. Salinas, age 31, of 16 Wildwood Drive in Prospect Heights was arrested and subsequently charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct.
Arlington Heights police received a report Wednesday afternoon January 23, 2019 that a female student from Prospect High School was approached by a suspicious motorist as she was walking from Prospect High School to a destination via Phelps Avenue. Police received a report that the incident occurred Wednesday January 23, 2019 at approximately 3:55 pm.
Allegedly, the male motorist passed her 8-9 times, and asked her where she was going. He also offered her a ride, then continued to follow her for another two blocks before driving away.
The driver was described as male Caucasian, 25-30 years-old, with a lengthy brown beard, no glasses, and wearing a beanie cap.
The driver’s vehicle was described as a tan Kia 2-door hatchback.
The student informed her parent of the interaction with this man and the parent contacted the Arlington Heights Police Department.
Windsor families and District 25 families were sent an email alert with details of the suspicious incident.
The Windsor alert and the District 25 alert reminded parents the importance of taking the time to talk with children about Stranger Danger and the importance of immediate reporting of any incident to an adult and to the police — as was successfully completed by the student victim and her family. It is recommended that kids walk in pairs or small groups whenever possible. Windsor Elementary School and District 25 included a flyer attachment (see below) which reinforces the rules of personal safety, that is meant to be discussed with children.
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