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Woman Reports Attempted Attack on Putnam County Trailway

Bike path suspect/Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Bike path suspect/Putnam County Sheriff's Office
Police are searching for a bicyclist who reportedly harassed a woman on the Putnam County Trailway July 1. 

The incident occurred along the trailway in the vicinity of Crafts Road in Carmel at about 1:40 p.m. 

The woman told police a man operating a bicycle circled her several times and then approached her. He then tried to grab her arm; however, she was able to fend him off and run away. 

Sheriff’s deputies, a K-9 unit, along with criminal investigators, Carmel police 
officers and state troopers, including a helicopter from their aviation unit, scoured the area, but did not find the suspect, police said. 

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office describes the suspect as a white male, 50 – 60 years old, approximately 5’9” tall, 220 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black and gray bicycle helmet, green shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and sandals. He was also wearing a black colored brace on his right ankle.

The complainant has worked with Investigator John Matrician, a sketch artist with the department’s Identification and Forensics Unit. They have collectively developed a drawing for public consumption.

Anyone having information as to the identity of this individual is asked to call the 
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (845) 225-8060. All calls will be kept confidential.

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