BEACH PARK, Ill. — A man was arrested Wednesday following a violent sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl earlier in the month on a north suburban bike path.
Tramane Johnson, 27, of Beach Park, was taken into custody after Lake County Sheriff deputies executed an arrest warrant. He’s accused of forcefully grabbing a 16-year-old girl by the neck, shoving her to the ground and then sexually assaulting her.
At around 7:30 p.m. on June 7, sheriff’s deputies responded to the path, just north of Yorkhouse Road, on the report of the sexual assault.
Police said the girl screamed during the attack and a nearby resident began yelling to the victim to run to them for help. At that time, police said Johnson allegedly fled on foot after initially coming out of the tree line to approach the girl.
On Thursday, officials released the following sketch.
Johnson has been charged with two counts of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
During the investigation, a hair sample was obtained from the scene. Police said Johnson’s DNA was in CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) due to an out-of-state weapons charge.
WGN News connected with the victim’s mother, who were are not identifying.
“There isn’t a monster around every corner but prepare your mind for the what if’s and the could be’s because the monsters aren’t under our bed,” she said. “Time is gonna only tell only time living her life and being able to have someone to talk to about it that can help her process all those things together.”
After Johnson’s arrest, the victim’s mother said police asked her daughter to pick him out of a lineup.
“That was really hard for her, but I just told her to go with her gut and she was able to pick him out right away.”
She said she’s now working to get her daughter help.
Deputies spent Wednesday conducting a search warrant at his residence.
Johnson remains held at the Lake County Jail pending an initial court hearing.