Unknown Driver Follows Couple into First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights East Parking Lot, Aims Vehicle As If to Pin Couple Against Retaining Wall

Northwest corner of parking lot near Dunton Avenue and St James Street where offender encroached couple with vehicle
Northwest corner of parking lot near Dunton Avenue and St James Street where offender encroached couple with vehicle

Arlington Heights police responded shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2020 after a suspicious male driver approached a husband and wife with his vehicle at the remote parking lot east of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, 312 North Dunton Avenue.

The couple was walking their dog northbound on a Dunton Avenue sidewalk Monday night when they noticed a vehicle moving slowly and intermittently westbound on St. James Street between Evergreen Avenue and Dunton Avenue.

The couple suspected that the driver of the vehicle might be targeting them, and they decided to divert their route into the First Presbyterian Church parking lot across Dunton Avenue — east of the church. The driver of the vehicle also then turned into the parking lot, entering the driveway on the north side of the parking lot from St. James Street. The parking lot is also directly west of the St John United Church of Christ parking lot.

The couple walked southbound in the parking lot, but then turned back northbound to avoid being followed across the entire parking lot. The driver then turned a sharp right toward the couple and advanced in a manner that would pin them against the retaining wall at the northwest corner of the parking lot (next to Dunton Avenue). The driver approached to about 5 feet distance from the vehicle front bumper to the retaining wall when the couple decided to climb the retaining wall so they would avoid being pinned against the wall.




The driver then exited at the same north driveway, and sped off — turning left to go westbound on St James, and then right to go northbound on Dunton Avenue past the library.

The husband described himself as a former District of Columbia police officer, and a current sheriff’s deputy in another state, who was concerned about notifying the public in case this was an attempted abduction, attempted robbery, or some type of attempted violent assault with a vehicle.

He determined the activity was absolutely an attempted attack, but that the individual was interrupted after being spooked for some reason.

The suspect’s vehicle was a dark color 4-door sedan similar to a Chevy or Ford car with bright xenon headlights. The vehicle’s brights were on. The windows were not tinted and the offender driving was described as a male/white about 45 years of age, wearing glasses.

The incident was reported to the Arlington Heights Police Department via 9-1-1, and when the victims almost simultaneously walked over to a police officer that was parked in her police SUV just south of the scene on or near Eastman Street.

The bright headlights made it impossible to see the front license plate. While fleeing on Dunton Avenue, the driver paused in his vehicle near the front entrance of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, and then proceeded northbound on Dunton Avenue, and then westbound on Euclid Avenue.

The information in this article is an early report by the victims published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police.

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North driveway to parking lot where offender entered and exited parking lot
North driveway to parking lot where offender entered and exited parking lot.
Northwest corner of parking lot near Dunton Avenue and St James Street where offender encroached couple with vehicle
Northwest corner of parking lot near Dunton Avenue and St James Street where offender encroached couple with vehicle.

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First Presbyterian of Arlington Heights remote east parking lot
First Presbyterian of Arlington Heights remote east parking lot [1) Corner where encroachment occurred, and 2) north driveway of parking lot].