The Asheville Police Department requests assistance locating Gerald Davis, who was charged on Dec. 11 with second degree forcible rape in an incident that occurred on Aug. 3, 2008, in the area of South French Broad Avenue.
Davis is believed to be in the eastern part of the state. He is described as a black male, 5’11”, 210 pounds, bald with brown eyes.
On Aug. 3, 2008, APD received a report of a sexual assault. A sexual assault evidence kit was collected, however, it was not sent to the state lab for testing due to the more stringent standards in place for testing at the time.
Recently the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) changed its minimum standards defining when a sexual assault kit can be tested. As a result, APD began auditing untested sexual assault kits in March 2018 to determine whether they met the new standards for testing. Of the 573 untested kits, 275 (to date) meet the new minimum standards and were sent off for testing.
APD will continue to assess remaining kits to determine if they meet new requirements for testing.
In November 2018, APD was notified that the kit from the Aug. 3, 2008, incident matched Davis’ sample in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Davis, they are encouraged to contact APD at 828-252-1110, or Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers, 828-255-5050, if they wish to remain anonymous.