Suspect arrested in connection with alleged second-degree rape at library

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A 51-year-old man has been charged with second-degree rape in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman at a library in Winston-Salem.

Police said the incident happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday when the victim and her mother visited the Forsyth County Library at 660 W. Fifth Street. The victim was allegedly assaulted on the library’s second floor in an area where the books are kept between aisles 12 and 13, officials said.

On Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed the suspect, Edward Boone Davis, 51, of 930 N. Patterson Ave., has been arrested and charged.

Initially, police said they were investigating a sexual assault. However, on Wednesday, police confirmed the suspect has been charged with second-degree rape.

Davis was placed in jail under a $750,000 bond and scheduled for a Nov. 7 court appearance.

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.

Even though video captured on security cameras did help police identify the suspect, Forsyth County Manager Dudley Watts said he will take a second look at security practices.

"We will continually reassess those needs. Conversations we will have will focus on the current situation and what we need. When you got that many people there, there have been issues we've dealt with, but this one is troublesome," said Watts.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

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