Norwich Police arrest suspect in second sexual assault case

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NORWICH — A Norwich man already in custody for a September beating and rape was arrested Monday, accused in another beating and rape that happened the day before.

On Monday morning, police said they arrested Edward Simpson, 34, formerly of Washington Street in Norwich, after two extensive sexual assault investigations.

Police said that on September 18, a 19-year-old woman was beaten and raped by a man on West Thames Street. Simpson was identified as the suspect and arrested on September 19 through New London Superior Court. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree criminal attempt at sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and third-degree assault. At the time, Simpson was in custody, after being arrested earlier in the day, for interfering with a police officer and was being held on bail.

Police said the day before, on September 17, a 62-year-old woman was beaten and raped by Simpson  in the early morning hours on the Eastside of Norwich. She suffered life-threatening injuries during the assault and was taken to Backus Hospital. Due to the seriousness of her injuries, she was transferred to Hartford Hospital where she remained for several days.

Simpson was in custody since the Sept. 19 incident and was arrested again Monday for the rape and assault that occurred on Sept. 17. He was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and first-degree assault on the elderly. Simpson was held on an additional $500,000 bail.