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Police Blotter: Self-inflicted Stab Wound, Attempted Break-in and Girl Threatened

Also, punches thrown over racial slurs and female claims she was attacked but provides no description.

Police say Woman Stabbed Herself

Samantha Jaras, 24, 493 W. St. Charles Apt. D, Elmhurst, was arrested and charged with domestic battery, attempted obstruction of justice and child endangerment after police were called to a domestic disturbance at her home at 7:24 a.m. Aug. 4. Jaras claimed she had been stabbed by her husband, but she later admitted she had stabbed herself in the leg, police said. She also had punched another person in the nose, causing it to bleed, police said. She was taken to DuPage County Jail and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was contacted.

Attempted Residential Burglary

A male between 16 and 18 years of age attempted to enter a home on the 400 block of North Ridgeland through a rear sliding door at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. Officers were unable to locate the subject, who was described as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9-inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds with jet black "puffy" hair and wearing a gray T-shirt and dark blue basketball shorts. The following day, the victim noticed that a screen on a window on the northeast corner of the home had been tampered with. No entry was made.

Men Try to Lure Girl with Candy

A girl told police she was walking near Myrtle and Grantley to visit her friend at about 4 p.m. Aug. 6 when a green van with two men inside blocked the sidewalk in front of her. She said the driver asked her if she wanted some candy. She went around the front of the van and ran to her friend's house. Police stopped a vehicle matching the description of the van a short time later, but the victim said it was not the vehicle that approached her.

Battery Arrest

Roberto Damian, 31, 792 Inland Circle Apt. 102, Naperville, was arrested and charged with battery after he allegedly punched a victim in the face on the 800 block of South Route 83 at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 6. Damian said the victim made racial slurs and spat on him. Damian was released on I-bond.

Battery Investigation

A female told police that while she was walking home from Wilder Park near Schiller and York at 9 p.m. Aug. 7 she was beaten up by three unknown females. She said she was punched repeatedly in the head and body, but she did not provide a description of the females and police saw no signs of injury, police said.

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Ralph August 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Are these the best descriptions that can be given? or is it the only descriptions that we are allowed to know?
Karen Chadra (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 08:26 PM
That was everything provided in the police report. The description was fairly detailed in the attempted burglary report (the race was not given), but I think in the case of the men in the van, the girl was not able to give the make and model of the vehicle, etc. If she provided a description of the men in the van, it was not in the report.
Karen Chadra (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Joseph, your comment was deleted for violating our terms of use.
Speeddile August 10, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Can we encourage an effort by the Elmhurst police or other interested public service organization to visit all of the schools in town to educate them on how to deal with "stranger danger"? Can we assist or educate our kids in A. helping to spot a potential threat, B. collecting as much information as possible, e.g. license plate, C. Report incidents immediately.
Joe O'Malley August 16, 2012 at 09:35 PM
More Norman Rockwell moments.

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