Man Sought in Carmel Bike Path Incident

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that investigators from his Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating a reported incident that occurred at about 1:40 p.m. on July 1.

The incident occurred along the Putnam Trailway in the vicinity of Crafts Road in the Town of Carmel. According to the female complainant, a man operating a bicycle circled her several times and then approached her. He then tried to grab the woman’s arm, however, she was able to fend off the would-be attacker and run from the area unharmed.

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. The man, however, eluded police.

The person of interest is described as: a white male, 50 to 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.

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Bike path suspect
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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.

NOTE: To the extent that pending criminal matters may be discussed herein, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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