During the morning hours of June 16, 2021, Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies executed an arrest warrant and apprehended Tramane Johnson, 27 years of age from the 38700 Sheridan Rd block of Beach Park, as the prime suspect of the sexual assault of a teen on Robert McClory Bike Path on June 7, 2021.
During the investigation, a hair sample was obtained from the scene and it subsequently returned a positive identification from CODIS (Combined DNA Index System). Johnson’s DNA was in CODIS due to out of state weapons charges. Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division subsequently began surveillance of Johnson’s home while working diligently with the Lake County State’s Attorney where upon the review of facts and circumstances of the case the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the following charges:
2 counts of Attempted Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, a Class 1 Felony
1 count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, a Class 2 Felony
An arrest warrant was obtained and this morning members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division executed the arrest warrant and took him into custody without incident.
A search warrant was issued for Johnson’s residence, which sheriff’s detectives are conducting now.
Additional charges will be reviewed. Johnson remains held at the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing.
State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said: “The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office has already had multiple supervisors working on this grave matter. We take all crimes involving sexual violence incredibly seriously. We thank our partners in law enforcement, medical community, and at the crime lab for their fast work. We pledge every possible resource to the successful prosecution of the perpetrator.”
“This is a prime example of a community-law enforcement partnership. Hundreds of shares on social media, and dozens of messages and tips came in to aid our pursuit of justice for the victim. Ultimately, a DNA sample was obtained which enabled us to identify the suspect, take him into custody and begin the healing process for the victim. I want to thank the public at large for their help in this case, and all of our law enforcement partners.
— Sheriff John D. Idleburg
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office released on Thursday evening June 10, 2021, a facial composite sketch representing the offender in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old that took place on June 7, 2021, on a trail north of York House Road in Beach Park. The offender resembles the person depicted in the sketch. He is described as an African American man, in his late teens or early twenties. He is approximately 5’11” and has a slender build. He had numerous metallic barrettes in his hair.
If you recognize this man or have any information about the attack, please contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 847-377-4000 or Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222.
Tips can also be submitted at: https://go.usa.gov/x689S
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office thanks Mount Prospect Police Detective Dirk Ollech for creating the attached sketch.
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. The male was 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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