HOUSTON—A Southwest Houston woman says she remembers the man accused of posing as a cop and raping a teenager.
Michelle Shoffner says the same thing happened to her back in 1994.
“He needs to be off the streets permanently,” said Shoffner. “He is definitely a serial rapist.”
Shoffner said it happened in the Third Ward as she was walking to the bus stop. She said Michael Wayne Carter pulled over, grabbed her and forced her into his vehicle.
“He made himself out to be an undercover HPD officer,” she said. “He told me if I did move he would shoot me. If I did try to escape, he would kill me.”
Shoffner said she was raped and released. She immediately called police and had a rape kit done. She even agreed to meet her attacker again, and that’s when he was arrested.
Carter was acquitted in trial. Shoffner said it was due to lack of evidence but believes her past involving drugs played a part too.
“They said they felt like my testimony was not strong enough,” she said.
Fast forward 18 years and Carter has been arrested again and charged with sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and impersonating a police officer in connection with an August attack on a 17-year-old girl.
The 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 allegedly posing as a police officer, was talking on a handheld radio and flashed what appeared to be a gold badge, according to HPD. Investigators said he then told the teen to get into his white Chevrolet Suburban or she would be arrested.
Once inside the vehicle, police said Carter drove the teen to a car wash on the corner of Studewood and East 11th Street, 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.
Carter’s wife said that her husband is guilty of adultery, but not rape and asked everyone to reserve judgment.
“My husband is not the monster that everyone is painting him out to be,” said Tamella Carter. “I mean he has to have his day in court.”
HPD investigators were 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.