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Police: Trail Attack Story Fabricated by Victims

The reported incident on Old Plank Trail near New Lenox actually took place in Robbins, which police discovered after further questioning the victims.

The report last weekend that two New Lenox girls were attacked and robbed on Old Plank Trail was a lie, police said.

In fact, the girls weren't on the trail or even in New Lenox, Sgt. Lou Alessandrini of the discovered after following up with a victim of the attack. 

"Something didn't add up," Alessandrini said. 

According to a Will County Sheriff's Department report, . They said three men demanded their purses and cell phones, then choked and punched the victims. 

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Will County took the original police report and relayed it to the county Forest Preserve District police, whose jurisdiction covers the trail. New Lenox police assisted on the case. 

Alessandrini wanted to follow up with the victims to see if there's any way local police could help, and also find out if there was any connection to what he said is a heroin epidemic in the county.

He said it became apparent something wasn't right about the teen's story and got the truth: They were riding to Robbins, IL, to buy drugs, and after getting beaten and robbed drove back to New Lenox to avoid further trouble. 

"So many people use that trail and they've been scared and flooding the department with calls," Alessandrini said Tuesday. 

Bob Murphy, police chief at the Will County Forest Preserve District, said he believes the teenagers were with a 23-year-old New Lenox man, who drove them to Robbins to buy drugs. 

"When they got there they were beaten up, and my understanding is the 23-year-old dropped them off at the trail in New Lenox," Murphy said. "They decided to tell their parents it happened there so they wouldn't get in trouble." 

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The injuries and robberies reported were accurate, Murphy said. One girl was punched in the face and choked, and another had her earrings ripped from her ears, according to police reports. They were taken to Silver Cross Hospital to be treated upon their return to New Lenox.

Both girls had their cell phones stolen as well as their purses. One of the girls said she had $65 in her purse, and the other had $5. Murphy said he thought it was unusual that a 15-year-old would have $65 with her on the trail. 

"The long and the short of it is that this did not happen here," Murphy said. "The trail is safe."

Additionally, one tip that the report was fabricated was that one of the girls said she recognized one attacker as a man she knew from Robbins who went by the name "Q." 

"From the very onset when I heard the report I just didn't really believe it," he said. "There's no way in hell that happened a 11:30 p.m. on the trail in New Lenox." 

Murphy said that while lying to police isn't a good thing, he likely wouldn't bring charges against the teens because they are juveniles, and he's referring the case to the Robbins Police Department.

He said he would advise the parents of the teenagers to contact the Robbins Police Department if they want to file a report. 

Alessandrini said he plans to investigate the possible 23-year-old involved, but wasn't sure whether charges would come from it. 

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donna July 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
We all seem to agree the girls shouldn't be in Robbins, they shouldn't be buying drugs, they should be held accountable for lieing to the police. The 23 year old should be charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors. With all that said and done, what can we do as a community? Back in the 90's at the old library there was drugging then,15 years later we're looking at the same problem even worse. Instead of pointing fingers lets get together and take back our town from drugs. Anyone interested?
lovemyfam July 11, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Such mixed emotions...this 'heroin epidemic' is HUGE. I lost my sister to this sick, sick drug just a few months ago & would not want anyone to go through the hurt we go through on a daily basis. These girls need help before it gets to that point. Parents talk to your kids esp about this. These parents DO need to take responsibility...they are 15 for Pete's sake! That's CRAZY young.
Lsingersongs July 11, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Thank You! People need to realize that this town is full of drugs and not only pot.
Lsingersongs July 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I am. My kids have lost 3 friends this year alone to heroin . How can New Lenox not see that it is right here on the front porch? It's because it is swept under the rug! every see anthing in the paper about it? No! Why do you suppose that is?
alski July 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Two 15 year old girls...in Robbins to buy drugs!!! Their parents better take it seriously and do something. These girls are lucky to be alive.
alski July 11, 2012 at 04:10 PM
@ Lsingersongs....I don't feel like anything is being swept under the rug. The heroin is a very big problem ! As far as hearing about it......I feel there are several reasons. I imagine first and foremost out of respect for the grieving family survivors. It would be in poor taste to drag the name of a persons dead child through the mud writing an article related to that child's death due to heroin. When it is a case of some kid being caught with it....They are usually minors so you can't publish their names....I advise everyone to go to traffic court when Judge Nash is on the bench and listen to what he has to say about the heroin problem. You'll then agree that nobody is hiding their head in the sand when it comes to this problem. The problem is heroin....combined with the fact that some kids will do stupid things. Especially if they don't have the guidance at home ( parents ) to lead them in the right direction and minimize the "stupid" Again.....two 15yr. old girls in Robbins!! I'm a 50yr. old male and if you told me there were hundred dollar bills lying in the street in Robbins........I still wouldn't drive there
alski July 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Beaten and robbed........they should consider themselves very fortunate it wasn't raped and murdered.
alski July 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
As far as getting the message out.............I think a forum here... on The Patch not just New Lenox but all surrounding towns.Parents who have lost a child to heroin. Telling their stories. Volunteering at the high schools to go there and tell these kids how they saw their own children dying a slow death. Or how they agonized at the sight of how sick their child became in rehab while their bodies would sweat and convulse because it needed heroin.it's not a matter of cleaning the heroin out of New Lenox....Because you can clearly see if they can't get it here they'll go to where they can find it.....Doesn't matter where, when, how far or how dangerous.....because as I said kids do stupid things. They always have and always will. We did too when we were young...It just seems that nowadays there is more danger that goes along with it....Back when I was 15 sure there was heroin. I couldn't tell you where to go to buy it.....but it existed.....How two teenage girls from New Lenox know to go to Robbins to buy heroin is beyond me....?
Lsingersongs July 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Why would it have to be an article that would drag the child name through the mud? I guess that's just how people see it. This is a serious scary thing happening right here in New Lenox. To our kids and their friends. It is a sickness that with the proper resourses and education can be fought. If it is not being swept under the rug please fill me in on exactly what is being done to educate this town and us as parents. I have heard the message Judge Nash shares in court. What happens after that? Do the kids have a place to turn when they are in trouble? Do we as parents in town have resourse to help us if our child has a problem? Can we rely on the police in this town for help without being treated like crap? Or are they just going to look for names? " Why do 10 if you can rat on your friend" is their motto.
alski July 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Personally...( then I'm done ) I think kids would be a little more respectful and give a little more thought to their actions before they did anything if they were held a bit more accountable. Kids today have realized that pretty much up until age 18....It's a free for all. Break into cars. Steal from stores. Vandalize. Deface property, beat kids to within an inch of their lives and film it for YouTube just pretty much disrespect anyone they damn well please because there is really no penalty. That's why drug dealers in the city recruit kids as young as 10 or 12 to be their "drug mules" These guys will stand on the corner and make the deal then direct you to some kid who will be the one to hand you the stuff. I say let the parents or legal guardians decide whether or not to make the names of their child public. I know some will say that would be possibly jeopardizing their child's future based on some spur of the moment silly mistake.....Right!! Isn't that what it's all about?? Maybe they'll think twice next time knowing that....If they continue to steal.... and people know about it they are going to see you in a different light....You're fifteen next year you may want to get a part time job to help pay for that car you hope to get.....Local business owners aren't going to be quick to hire you if they know you are constantly being caught at stores in town shoplifting.
Mack Daddy July 11, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I know one of the girls. Her father just recently died of cancer. That might have some bearing on it.
Ben Wallace July 11, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Throw the book at the delinquents - even if as alski says, it's a softcover. NLPD needs to press the fasle reporting as it is their duty. Time and money were spent investigating and processing this case. 50 hours of community service cleaning up the Plank Trail they caused so much fear and anxiety on. Stop coddling them, for their own good.
m. ruiz July 12, 2012 at 08:25 AM
These kids need HELP. They are obviously headed in the wrong direction. I hope their parents take this seriously and get them some councelling. Id hate to see we have lost another child to a drug related death. Maybe they should be court ordered to do so!!!
Just Saying July 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Then the family needs to get her into counseling right away! It won't just go away,she need helps with her grief. I know of other kids who have lost a parent and they turned to drugs and unfortunately one got pregnant. It's horrible to lose a parent, but it is not an excuse, she needs help!
alski July 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
@ Lsingersongs.......So what are you saying ? When a child in this town dies from a heroin overdose we make it standard procedure to include that in their obit? Maybe my drag through the mud statement was a little extreme and somewhat taken out of context too. My point is family does have a right to privacy to an extent when a child especially a minor dies that isn't obvious such as an automobile accident or shooting. So it would be up to the family to make the decision to use their unfortunate experience and share it publicly in hopes of educating and possibly saving another child's life. As far as what after Judge Nash's talk on heroin where do they turn to???? They should be able to go to their parents
Kathie Miller July 13, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Thank you "TypeA" well said, I do hope someone gets these girls help... This could of had a different ending (and not good)
Lsingersongs July 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I agree about the privacy aspect of the whole thing. There are plenty of people that do want to share. To have an outlet for that is another thing. and yes they should be able to go to their parents some can but some can't. If the parents are unaware of resourses available to them how do they help the child. If the child feels they can't talk to ther parent where do they turn? To be aware and educated on the matter is the best defense.
Jill July 13, 2012 at 03:22 PM
how do these kids afford this? How much is this stuff? Do parents just hand over money to their kids and not ask why they need it? How much money are they giving their kid?
lala July 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Just a thought but perhaps those of you who have overcome drug addictions, lost friends and family member's or did time being involved with drugs can form a group. You could have assemblies for the junior high kids and parents at all the Lincoln-Way feeder schools. You could include a cops and a social workers that could tell the kids and parents where to go for help. They could tell the parents what to watch for. Maybe Judge Nash could help with it. I thought I read somewhere that the heroin problem is so rampant that the Robert Crown Center is going to include it in there program. These young kids simply do not know what they are getting themselves in to. They need to learn it is not cool to use drugs, It is not cool to be dead. Maybe neighborhood watch groups can be formed to call the police when kids are on the trails getting high or looking suspicious. We cannot continue to turn our heads and look the other way.
Hoppy July 13, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Skippy---Then move to Robbins
Skippy July 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Why, Hoppy? Because I don't fear or hate people based on race? I don't agree with profiling of any kind, whether that be a black man with a hoodie or a white guy with lots of tattoos. Evil and stupidity come in all races, ages, and appearances.
Just Saying July 14, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Funny, the High School did offer a seminar for parents and their kids regarding the drug problem as well as drinking/sexting/social media. I received a flyer about it in the mail, which means other high school parents also received the flyer (I believe it was with either a report card or progress report). Sad, the 4 schools were invited and there were about 50 people there, thats right 50 people! If it were a football game or other sporting event, the place would have been packed! But their kids would never use drugs, the kids here are all so great! It was a super informative meeting. They had a police officer, a school official and someone from the Will County court system there to talk and answer questions. The meeting lasted longer than it was supposed too, I still can't get over how few people were there! Wake up people, it could happen to your child! Maybe they should have drug seminars at the beginning of the sporting events, when the parents can seem to make it. Oh but that's right, I forgot that the athletes/cheerleaders are the last people that would do harm to their bodies by smoking, drinking, doing drugs. Yeah right! The parents in this community like to blame everyone from the teachers to the police. I see so many of them that want to be the cool parents, friends with their children & their friends. They need to grow up and start parenting their kids or the problems will continue.
alski July 14, 2012 at 02:42 PM
@ Jill from what I hear the stuff is pretty cheap. What makes it worthwhile to the dealer is that the user becomes dependent on it so quickly. Kudos to "Just Saying" you hit it right on the head ! Stop blaming the schools and the NLPD for everything. As everyone can see with the recent Plank Trail hoax....if they can't get it here they'll get it somewhere else.The danger with the stuff is not just using it but also venturing into shady places to get it. The people selling it to you and who knows what you're really getting but you just put it into your body. I heard that at one recent wake for one of these kids so called "friends" of the deceased were caught placing drug paraphernalia in the casket...So yeah I think they do think it's all "cool" in fact they are so clueless they probably see death by O.D. as the ultimate cool. They need to see what a heroin overdose victim really looks like. Before the body is prepared for viewing at a wake. Blue, ice cold, usually foaming from the mouth and nose. Most choke to death on their own vomit. There should be class field trips for the high schooler's except not the museum or the zoo. They should be taken to these rehab institutes. See these kids going through the D.T's. Shaking, sweating so sick they can barely function. Then to the morgue to see the ones that either didn't seek help or decided to return to heroin use.
alski July 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
But the thought of that would have most parents "up in arms" over the thought of subjecting their little baby to heroin addicts and the corpses of a 15 or 16 year old heroin overdose victims. Even if they were given the option to accompany their child on something like this they would probably not allow it. Even then the kids would be saying "oh that's not me" or "I don't do it that much" or "I know what I'm doing I'm not going to end up like that" Bullshiz! That mentality is right up there with the young teen girl who says "How can I be pregnant I only had sex once"?? It only takes one time and from what Judge Nash says the heroin of today is so potent part of the problem is that parents don't get a chance to see the warning signs. There isn't the obvious downward spiral of an addict due to the fact that for most of these victims they are here one day and suddenly gone the next. That is why there are so many YOUNG heroin deaths.
alski July 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I also agree with Judge Nash and his view on the fact that a very large percentage of the heroin here comes from Afghanistan. The same place terrorists are based. Your money is indirectly funding terrorism. People will roll their eyes and think okay that's a little far fetched. I disagree. After 9-11 there was talk and concern of bio-terrorism. Anthrax being introduced through the U.S. mail. It's just as easy to kill young Americans by way of some super potent heroin and make money doing it.
lala July 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Drug paraphernalia in the casket. How sad and disrespectful. If that were my kid in the casket I think I would have been arrested for beating the crap out of the kid that did it. I am not surprised to hear so few parents attended that assembly. After all, there is that "not kid" mentally. They should start the programs in junior high. DARE was a pretty good program until the funding ran out. Parents need to have open conversations with their kids about the dangers of drugs at an early age. I know I did and continue to preach.
NLMom July 14, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Who is going to absorb the cost the NLPD incurred for this investigation? The taxpayers of course. Actions have consequences. I think at the very least these girls should have to do community service to contribute to the bill they ran up for their lie. Maybe they will think next time before they get in car with an older man to go buy drugs in a bad neighborhood and then lie to their parents and the police about what really happened. If they don't have any consequences what are they going to learn?
Tim Wilson July 17, 2012 at 07:40 PM
NLPD: We DEMAND to know why nothing has been done about the false reporting to your officers. You have blood on your hands when these kids wind-up dead due to inaction. No, the police can't prevent crime, but they sure as hell can do something about the ones committed in their presence. NLPD response: crickets
Dusty rattz May 23, 2013 at 03:35 AM
I know all 3 people involved in this story very well. The two young girls are just ignorant and should have been charged with reporting a false report. Also there was no update about the 23 year old because he wasn't any apart of this. Even after they got caught lying they just continued to lie by involving the 23 year old who wasn't apart of this at all. Also I know one of the girls isn't that bad of a girl she's just a little lost. On the other hand the other girl hasn't changed a bit. She's still running around the streets doing drugs and with not a care in the world. Also to make this very ironic that girl is a girl who try's to act all ghetto and thug and wouldn't tell the cops anything ever and wouldn't "snitch" but that's what she was doing in this situation the whole time.
Phantom Pain May 23, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Dusty had to set a Patch record bycommenting on something 10 months after the last post right?

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