by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

June 16, 2021

BEACH PARK, IL — Two counts of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse have been filed against Tramane Johnson.

On June 7, around 7:30 p.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Robert McClory Bike Path, just north of Yorkhouse Road, for a reported sexual assault.  According to police, a 16-year-old female was walking along the bike path when Johnson allegedly emerged from the tree line and approached her.

After the assault, Lieutenant Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said, “The individual then took her by the neck and forcefully took her to the ground…This offender then forcefully took this girl’s clothes off and sexually assaulted her.”

When the girl began screaming, a Good Samaritan who lived nearby heard her and intervened, according to police.

“The Good Samaritan began shouting back to her telling her ‘come towards my voice, come towards my voice’ and it was at that time we believe the offender was scared by this third party,” Lt. Covelli said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment after suffering injuries during the attack.

Authorities said a hair sample was taken from the scene during the investigation and returned a positive identification from CODIS (Combined DNA Index System).  According to investigators, Johnson’s DNA was already in the system due to out-of-state weapon charges.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained an arrest warrant, which was executed on Wednesday and Johnson was taken into custody without incident.  Johnson’s home was the subject of a search warrant, which sheriff’s detectives are currently carrying out.

Johnson is still being held in the Lake County Jail pending a preliminary hearing.