The suspect charged with attacking and raping a 16-year-old girl on a bike path in Beach Park in June has now been charged in a home invasion that occurred earlier this year in Waukegan, court records show.
Tramane Johnson, 28, of the 38700 block of Sheridan Road in Beach Park, was charged in June with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and unlawful restraint.
The charges stem from an attack that occurred on June 7 on the Robert McClory Bike Path near Northeast End Avenue and Yorkhouse Road in Beach Park.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said at the time that a 16-year-old girl was walking on the bike path.
A man, later identified as Johnson, came out of the tree line and approached the victim as she was walking, the sheriff’s office said.
The suspect took the girl forcefully by the neck and shoved her to the ground. He then removed her clothing and sexually assaulted her, the sheriff’s office said.
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 and Johnson 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.
Detectives were able to identify Johnson as the suspect after obtaining a hair sample from the scene which matched to him in a law enforcement database.
The offender also had numerous metal hair barrettes in his hair, which police said was a “very unique identifier.”
Johnson has been held in the Lake County Jail since being arrested in June.
Court records show a grand jury indicted Johnson earlier this month on new charges of home invasion causing injury, criminal trespass to residence and possession of a controlled substance.
The charges stem from an incident separate from the Beach Park assault where Johnson allegedly broke into a residence in the 400 block of Ash Street in Waukegan on April 19.
Johnson allegedly struck a juvenile with his fists during the home invasion, causing injury, according to court documents.
Johnson remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on February 18.