STATESVILLE, N.C. — Deputies say Rohit Patel, 35, is under arrest after he sexually assaulted a woman at The Country Food Mart in Statesville on August 29th.
Patel is charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, and one count of second degree kidnapping, according to a news release.
The first woman victim says Patel touched her inappropriately, according to a news release.
Detective Sergeant Katie Harwell of ICSO’s Special Victims Unit says she identified another woman who was assaulted by Patel in the past at the same food mart.
The second woman says Patel touched her inappropriately as he attempted to stop her from leaving the store by stepping in front of her and shoving her backwards, according to a news release.
Harwell says the victim was fearful Patel would push her into the beer cooler after forcibly shoving her towards the back of the store, assaulting her further.
Deputies say Patel is being held under a $25,000 bond.