Man charged with sexual assault near Apex convenience store, police say

A 45-year-old man was arrested after Apex police say he knocked a woman onto the ground and raped her near a convenience store.

Rajinder Singh Aulakh, of Holly Springs, is charged with second-degree forcible rape and second-degree forcible sex offense, Wake County court records show.

The arrest came after a woman on June 8 met Aulakh at the Circle K convenience store at 1414 E. Williams St., Apex police said in a document obtained Wednesday.

Aulakh asked the woman to come behind the store. He then forced her to commit a sex act, according to the document.

Store customers heard yelling, and someone saw a man standing over a woman and punching her in the face, police say. Someone yelled at the man to stop, and he pulled up his pants and left the area with a clear plastic bag, according to police.

Police say they found Aulakh and the woman’s items at a Comfort Inn across the street from the convenience store. He was taken to the Wake County jail on June 8.

Officers last week applied for a warrant to get Aulakh to submit to DNA collection, records show.

Aulakh was being held Wednesday on $285,000 bail, according to the Wake County jail website.