PORTLAND, Oregon - On March 4, 2016, 30-year-old Anthony Ray Carter Jr. was arrested on multiple sexual assault charges and other, unrelated property crime and identity theft warrants, after an investigation into the sexual assault of two different women.
Carter was arrested by detectives from the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Crimes Unit, with cooperation from the Bureau's Detective Coordination Team and the US Marshal's Oregon Fugitive Task Force.
In each of the sexual assault cases, detectives determined that Carter met his victims online, through social media, including Facebook and the Plenty of Fish. Carter used different names with each of his victims, including "Travis Lynn" and "Jacob," and has also been known to go by "AJ."
Carter arranged to meet each of his victims in person, picking each of them up at or near their homes, including one woman who lived in Washington State.
After picking the victims up, Carter attempted to disorient his victims by intentionally driving them to areas in Portland they were unfamiliar with, where he took their cell phones from them, before sexually assaulting them in or around his vehicle.
Carter is described as an African-American man, 5'9", weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Carter used different vehicles in each of the assaults, including an older red Chevrolet Camaro with a primer hood and T-tops, as well as a newer white Mercedes sedan, with a sunroof and blacked out wheels.
Detectives determined Carter had been involved with the private sales of numerous vehicles and, therefore, believe he did not drive any one vehicle for any length of time.
On March 10, 2016, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office convened a Grand Jury regarding these two cases, during which Carter was indicted on the following charges: Rape in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree (three counts), Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Attempted Rape in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (two counts), Coercion (four counts), Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Robbery in the Third Degree.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims of Carter who have not previously come forward to law enforcement.
They are asking anyone who may have had similar experiences with him, or who may have information about these or similar cases involving him, to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, at 503-823-0764, Mike.Weinstein@PortlandOregon.gov; or, Detective Nathan Sheppard at 503-823-3886,Nathan.Sheppard@PortlandOregon.gov.
The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.
A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.
Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3222.
Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources: 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, or 1-888-235-5333.
Project UNICA - (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.
Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau Strength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.
To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength