According to a statement from Edwardsville Chief of Police Jay Keeven, the “suspect is described as a black male, 16-20 years of age, approximately 6 foot, 160 pounds.”
GRANITE CITY — Madison County Transit is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who attacked an individual on the MCT Nature Trail last Tuesday, June 24.
According to a statement from Edwardsville Chief of Police Jay Keeven, the “suspect is described as a black male, 16-20 years of age, approximately 6 foot, 160 pounds.” The suspect has a thin build and short black hair. Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Jake Germann with the Edwardsville Police Department at (618) 656-2131 or the tip line at (618) 692-7552 if they wish to remain anonymous.
At about 2:15 p.m. last Tuesday, an 18-year-old woman was lured off the trail by the suspect, claiming a friend needed help. She was grabbed and pulled to the ground, but managed to escape without serious injury or the need for medical treatment.
“The MCT Trails have allowed families and individuals to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and peaceful manner. We do not want an incident such as this to change the public’s perception or use of these beautiful linear parks,” MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane said. “We are hopeful that this reward will assist the local authorities, including the Edwardsville Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in arresting this individual as quickly as possible.”