Girl sexually assaulted at Winston-Salem library, police say

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem police said they’re looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting an autistic girl at the library.

Police said it happened around 7:26 p.m. Monday when the victim and her mother visited the Forsyth County Library at 660 W. Fifth St.

The victim was assaulted on the library’s second floor in an area where the books are kept between aisles 12 and 13, officials said.

The victim’s mother told police she was looking at books in one section of the library while her daughter was browsing in another section.

The mother said when she returned to her daughter, she saw a man sexually assaulting her in one of the book aisles.

Police said a brief struggle ensued, but the suspect was able to run off. Two security officers were on duty when the assault happened, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The mother said her daughter has autism spectrum disorder. Police have not released the victim's age.

Police said investigators have developed a “subject of interest” early in the investigation, which is ongoing.

The suspect is described as a clean shaven black male in his 50s, standing around 5’3” to 5’7” with an average build and close cut hair.

"If he’s not caught he’s going to do the same thing again, so hopefully he’ll be caught pretty soon," said James McKellar, a library patron.

Anyone with any information can call the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800.

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