Police say a north Houston man posed as an undercover cop to rape a 17-year-old, and he may have been doing it for years.
On Aug. 9, the man threatened to arrest a girl in a Fiesta grocery store parking lot on Quitman if she didn't get in his car. He took her to a Heights-area car wash, parked in an empty stall, and raped her. He then dropped her off at bus stop near where he picked her up.
The girl called police and went to a hospital for a rape exam. Police say the recovered DNA came back with a match to Michael Wayne Carter, a man with a lengthy criminal record.
Police arrested Carter at his home on Oct. 19. They also found police scanners and evidence of other assaults.
"Without getting into too much detail, we believe he's been involved in similar activity for the last 20 years," Officer Christopher Weiche said.
Weiche said Carter was so convincing and practiced, his alleged victim still believed he was an officer after her rape.
Carter's stepson, Michael Thomas, doesn't believe it. Thomas said although Carter had a scanner, he did not pose as an office and he is not a rapist. Thomas said it is possible Carter and the girl had a relationship.
"As far as him raping her? Just taking it? I don't see him doing that," Thomas said. "That man is 50 years old. I don't see him doing that."
HPD is encouraging any other victims to call them at 713-308-1180 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.