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TPD makes arrest in 20-year-old Ohio rape case

Posted at 10:38 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 23:44:27-04

The suspect in a 20-year-old rape cold case out of Ohio had been living in Tulsa for years, until police made the arrest.

Joseph Carter was arrested last month after Tulsa police captured him during a traffic stop. 

After hearing about the reported crimes of their neighbor, who is wanted for a 1997 rape and kidnapping of a teenage girl, residents became horrified. 

Carter had even watched their kids.

"I'm really kind of like disgusted," said Tanya Gray. "For the simple fact that I was letting my little girl go over there. To put that much trust in someone and not know their background is."

Carter was stopped at 35th and Sheridan for a simple traffic violation, a broken taillight. Little did he know, that taillight would connect him to the rape case.

Tulsa Police Officer Emilie Michie is responsible for that stop. 

"I mean it's pretty awesome, I had no idea," said Officer Michie. "Until I spoke to your partner, so we just don't follow through with a lot of those things. Once they're out of our custody we never know"

Michie said after asking Carter for his name and birth date, she looked up his record. It showed his warrants out of Ohio. 

Carter had been wanted by Columbus police since September of 2015, when his DNA was linked back to the case from 1997. 

Carter was extradited from Tulsa and remains in Columbus police custody. His case is still under investigation. 

"I don't know how they haven't been able to locate him, but I guess people go under the radar sometimes," said Officer Michie.

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