Wednesday, May 10, 2006

STNG News Wire gets it completely wrong...again

On Wednesday morning Rogers Park residents arose to the sound of helicopters whirring around the neighborhood, police dogs all over, and squads and tactical units in many alleys and streets searching for an escaped offender who had recently been taken into custody. Though there are many details that aren't known, and a few that are conflicting, there are some which have not been disputed by anyone.....until I read this report.

Suspected rapist back in custody

May 10, 2006

FROM STNG WIRE REPORTS

The subject of a Rogers Park manhunt for a North Side rape has been arrested, police said Wednesday morning.

The suspect was in custody as of 10:15 .a.m., said a Rogers Park officer, who declined to be named and could not provide details on the arrest.

The suspect was reportedly arrested in the 6800 block of North Hamilton Avenue.

The criminal sexual assault occurred at 5:15 a.m. on the 4100 block of North Sheridan Road, according to police News Affairs Officer Kelly Liakopoulos.

Police were searching for the suspect in the 6600 block of North Greenview Avenue, she said.

The suspect was described as male, black, 28, 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, wearing brown glasses and a tan-and-peach polo shirt, Liakopoulos said.

Here's the first real discrepency. You may think it's not a big deal, but the CITIZENS who captured this guy, would never have done it with this description.He was 6ft , 175 and very muscular wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans. There is a huge differnce there.

The suspected offender escaped police custody about 6:10 a.m. when he was arrested and got out of the transport vehicle through an emergency hatch, said Rogers Park Sgt. Carl Conior. The suspect escaped in the area of Pratt Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue. His hands were cuffed in the front, Conior said.

The dispatchers said his hands were cuffed behind him. The guys who caught him said the same. It makes a world of difference if you're trying to figure out how someone escaped. If your hands are cuffed behind you, how do you get out through a hatch in the ROOF of a paddy wagon?

As of 7:42 a.m., Liakopoulos said the attack did not appear connected to any other recent attacks.

The victim was hospitalized at Lincoln Park Hospital, according to police News Affairs Officer Marcel Bright, who could not immediately provide information about the condition or age of the victim as of 9:20 a.m.

This leads to several questions, the first of which is "who are these people in 24 that they are speaking to?"This is the second time they have received completely erroneous information. (see post below).

The second is, "Do the police in 24 have any idea what's going on in their district or are they purposely misleading the press. And if so, why?"

The third is, "Can the Sun Times use more of its money to get reporters who have some idea of what it means to check the facts?

You may say that was early information, but no other news organization reported it. Why did they?

The idea of a wire is to present known facts as quickly as possible. You update the wire when you have answers to the questions raised by the early reports.

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