Man charged with criminal sexual assault for Lakefront bike trail attack

By TONIA HILL
Staff Writer

Louis Johnson has been charged with criminal sexual assault and public indecency/lewd exposure. – Photo courtesy of the Chicago Police Department
A man accused of raping a woman on the Lakefront Bike Path Sunday night, April 9, appeared in Bond Court, 2600 S. California Ave., Tuesday, April 11.

The 27-year-old woman was running northbound on the bike path according to the Chicago Police Department at 5:56 p.m., when the accused, Louis Johnson, 28, was walking southbound on the trail. Police said Johnson grabbed the woman by the knees and threw her to the ground.

Tandra Simonton, Chief Communications Officer for the Cook County State’s Attorney said, Johnson then pushed the victim into some trees near the trail in the 3500 block of South Lake Shore Drive and removed some of her clothing and his own and sexually assaulted her.

As the woman struggled and tried to get away, Johnson told the victim to be quiet and threatened to kill her.

After several minutes, Johnson fled the scene. A witness in the area saw Johnson pull up his pants and leave the area without a shirt. The witness approached the woman who called out for help. The witness called the police.

The victim was able to give a description to the police. After a search in the area officers located Johnson, who had been described as a black man with a dark complexion and dreadlocks wearing a dark jacket with orange around the neck and no shirt, according to Simonton.

The victim was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., where a rape kit was collected. According to reports, the victim is said to be a resident of Hyde Park.

Police recovered a black t-shirt from the area. Johnson was spotted on surveillance video near the area at time of the attack.

Johnson of the 4400 Block of W. Van Buren Street has been charged with criminal sexual assault and public indecency/lewd exposure. Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan set bail at $400, 000.

The next court date, a status hearing, is set for May 1.

t.hill@hpherald.com