(AP) A bookshop in Massachusetts has been closed after a woman accused a man of raping her after she asked for an autograph and then told him to leave her alone, authorities said.
The store owner told investigators that a woman approached him on Oct. 20 after she was stopped at a traffic light, asked for a photo and then walked out with the book she had requested, said John R. Fitzgerald, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
He said the woman then approached the store owner in a restaurant parking lot, where the woman told him she was raped and that she would give the police a picture of her injuries.
The owner told the woman he was going to call the police, Fitzgerald said.
The woman, who is not being identified by authorities, then left the store and called her boyfriend.
The man eventually picked up the book and took it to a friend’s house, Fitzgerald told the Boston Globe newspaper.
The woman was able to give police a description of the man who left the scene and who told her he had left the book on the front porch and was going back to retrieve it, Fitzgerald added.
The police report indicates that the woman said she was in the bookstore for 10 minutes when she heard noises and realized the man was outside.
Police found the man on the sidewalk about 3:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Fitzgerald confirmed to The Associated Press.
He was not arrested.
The shop was reopened after the woman gave police a statement, Fitzgerald wrote in an email.
He declined to provide further details.
The Suffolk County Police Department is investigating the incident and has asked the Massachusetts Bureau of Investigation to help with the investigation, Fitzgerald stated.
The man has not been identified, Fitzgerald noted.