Education

Wake Early College student charged with rape in campus parking lot

Posted May 15

— An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday on charges he raped a 16-year-old fellow student in a parking lot on Wake Technical Community College's Northern Wake campus.

Randy Bladermer Chavez-Argueta was arrested at his home at 1201 Kavkaz St. in Raleigh and charged with second-degree forcible rape. The incident allegedly took place in a car around midday on March 30.

Chavez-Argueta was a student in the Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, which meets on the campus at 6600 Louisburg Road. Lisa Cummings, principal of the program, called parents last week to deliver the message.

"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 said in the message.

An attorney for Chavez-Argueta asked Monday to have his bond lowered.

"He has a clean criminal history, he has good moral character, he is employed, he goes to school," attorney Anton Lebedev said.

"The facts of this case are in dispute. I would just like to point that out. The defendant's family can't afford a $250,000 bond right now."

Judge Ned Mangum denied the request, and Chavez-Argueta remains in the Wake County jail under $250,000 bail.

Wake Early College of Health and Sciences is operated on the Wake Tech campus by the Wake County Public School System. It allows students to take college classes tuition-free and to earn both a high school diploma and an associate's degree in five years.

Wake Tech also issued a statement, saying:

The Wake Tech campus community is deeply troubled by these allegations. The safety and well being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is most important, as we work hard to maintain a safe and secure learning environment. Acts of violence or unlawful behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.

Neither Wake County schools or Wake Tech planned to make any changes to student safety policies after the incident.

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  • Brenda Lynch May 16, 7:01 a.m.
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    So the people that have commented here have already found him guilty? Hmmm. now suppose that was your son? And the lady who said "lets find out the ethnicity" and we can determine guilt?? Really lady??

  • Benjamin Kite May 16, 6:16 a.m.
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    The peanut gallery doesn't need evidence, it needs to know the ethnicity of the accused. After knowing that, guilt can be determined.

  • Rod Runner May 15, 10:48 p.m.
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    Tuition free doesn't mean qualification free. You still have to have the grades to qualify for it.

    Also, it's part of Wake County PUBLIC School, that's the main reason it's tuition free.

    It's not doled out to anyone that signs up for it.

  • Thomas Williams May 15, 9:58 p.m.
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    Give people freebies like tuition free college and this is how they show appreciation for it. Libs think college and a lot of other stuff that someone has got to pay for should be doled out to anyone that signs up for it.

  • Mike Brody May 15, 8:08 p.m.
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    If this person had good moral character as his attorney previously stated, he wouldn't be in this situation.

  • Linda Tally May 15, 3:21 p.m.
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    His name indicates that his father's surname is Bladermer... depending on which naming protocol WRAL used. Hard to determine legal status is from that.