Crime

High school student charged with raping 16-year-old on Wake Tech’s campus

The 18-year-old man charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in a parking lot on the north campus of Wake Technical Community College was a high school student, officials confirmed Monday.

Randy Bladermer Chavez-Argueta of Kravkaz Street has been charged with one felony count of second-degree forcible rape, according to an arrest warrant filed at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Chavez-Argueta is enrolled with the Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, whose students take some classes at Wake Tech, said Lisa Luten, a Wake public schools spokeswoman.

Public school officials were unable to say if the girl, who lives in Wake Forest, is also enrolled in the early college program.

Investigators say the assault happened March 3, between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., in parking lot “G” of the campus at 6600 Louisburg Road, according to a campus police incident report. A Raleigh police officer arrested Chavez-Argueta late Friday morning at his home, and he remained in the Wake County jail Monday in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Following Chavez-Argueta’s arrest, Lisa Cummings, Principal of Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, called parents of students enrolled in the program.

“Today, Wake Tech Campus Police charged one of our students in connection with an alleged sexual assault on Wake Tech’s Northern Wake Campus,” Cummings told the parents. “I want to assure you that all of us at Wake Early College care deeply about the safety and well-being of all of our students.”

Cummings told the parents that school officials were willing to talk with them about any concerns that they might have.

“Please know that I care about our students and our school and know that all of us at Wake Early College will continue to be committed to providing a safe environment focused on teaching and learning,” she said.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald

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