Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies responded about 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021 to a report that a sexual assault just occurred on the Robert McClory Bike Path just north of Yorkhouse Road, Beach Park in Lake County.
Preliminary investigation indicated that a 16-year-old female was walking on the bike path when she was attacked. A male described as being African American, possibly in his 20’s, and approximately 5’11” with a thin build advanced out of the tree line and approached the victim as she was walking. The offender had numerous metal hair barrettes in his hair, which is a very unique identifier, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
After approaching the victim, the offender took her forcefully by the neck and shoved her to the ground. He then forcefully removed her clothing and sexually assaulted her. The victim screamed during the attack and a nearby resident heard the screaming. The nearby resident began yelling to the victim to run to them for assistance. At that time the offender fled on foot. The victim was able to run to the nearby resident who called 911 for help.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment from injuries sustained during the attack.
Lake County Sheriff’s deputies established a large perimeter and began searching for the offender. A K-9 track was conducted by a Lake Forest Police K-9 unit. The track led to an area where it is believed the offender fled in a vehicle.
Lake County Sheriff’s detectives and sheriff’s evidence technicians responded to the scene and continue to investigate the case after an initial on-scene investigation.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 847-377-4000.
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