HOUSTON—A rapist impersonating a police officer may have been victimizing women in Houston for decades, investigators say.
Michael Wayne Carter, 50, has been charged with sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and impersonating a police officer in connection with an August attack on a 17 year-old girl.
Now investigators suspect he may have attacked other women as long as twenty years ago. Police were reluctant to say what led them to that conclusion, but Carter’s lengthy criminal history includes an acquital in a 1990’s rape case.
“It’s disturbing,” said Christopher Weiche, a Houston police sex crimes investigator. “ It’s heartbreaking.”
A 17-year-old girl said she was in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 1000 block of Quitman when she was approached by Carter on August 9.
Carter, who was posing as a police officer, was talking on a handheld radio and flashed what appeared to be a gold badge, according to HPD. He then told the teen to get into his white Chevrolet Suburban or she would be arrested.
Once inside the vehicle, Carter drove the teen to a car wash on the corner of Studewood and East 11th Street. He then parked the SUV in a vacant stall and sexually assaulted her. Afterward, he left her at a bus stop near the intersection of Fulton and Hogan.
The victim then called police.
Results of the sexual assault kit were submitted to the national Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that matched and identified Carter as the suspect in this case.
Investigators arrested Carter at his residence in the 1700 block of Mary on October 19 without incident. A white Chevrolet Suburban and two police scanners, that can appear to be police radios, were recovered from his home, police said.
HPD investigators are asking for any other potential victims to come forward. Carter is missing his left eye, however, he has been known to wear dark sunglasses to hide the fact.
Anyone who recognizes Carter is urged to contact the HPD Special Crimes Division at 713-308-1180.