EDENTON, N.C. (WAVY)- A 22-year-old man was arrested on Monday night on rape and robbery charges in Edenton.

According to a Facebook post from the Edenton Police Department, the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle accident on September 24 just after 9:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Ocean Highway North Broad Street, and Shannonhouse Road.

After further investigation, police learned that a vehicle involved in the accident was reported stolen out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and that the case Philadelphia police were working involved a 71-year-old woman who was the victim of sexual assault.

After an intense investigation, deputies found that 22-year-old Zyree Downing was the suspect involved in the crash. The Chowan County Sheriff’s Office provided information to Philadelphia police to obtain a warrant on Downing.

The Edenton Police Department arrested Downing on September 26 and charged him with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including aggravated assault, rape, robbery and burglary.

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