July 3, 2014

Reward offered for information on bike trail attacker

EDWARDSVILLE - A reward is being offered for information about the man who allegedly attacked a young woman on a bike trail in Edwardsville.

An 18-year-old woman reported the assault along the Madison County Nature Trail near the Esic neighborhood on June 24.

The woman told police that the man approached her as she was riding alone on the trail and asked for help for a friend. She followed him about 10 feet off the path and he grabbed her, scratching her neck and face. She was able to get away and called for help, police said.

This week, Madison County Transit announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. He was described as a young black male, 6 feet tall with a thin build, who was wearing a black shirt and blue basketball shorts with a vertical stripe.

The Edwardsville Police Department also wants to speak with anyone who rode the Madison County Nature Trail on June 24 and may have observed the man. In particular, police said a person stopped to assist the woman shortly after the attack, and they would like to speak with her as well.

The trail is maintained by Madison County Transit, but is not routinely patrolled.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Jacob Germann at 656-2131 or the Edwardsville Police Anonymous Tip Line at 692-7552.

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