Trial ordered for Wisconsin Rapids man charged with rape, kidnapping that occurred in 2000 at Fox River Mall

John Carter booking photo
John Carter booking photo(Outagamie County Jail)
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 12:44 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WSAW) - A 51-year-old man from Wisconsin Rapids will head to trial following a kidnapping and rape that happened more than 20 years ago.

John Carter is charged with first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping. According to WBAY-TV, the incident happened on Feb. 12, 2000 near the Fox River Mall. Grand Chute Police arrested Carter in Wisconsin Rapids last month. WLUK-TV reports Carter was linked to the crime through DNA evidence discovered in another case.

Police said the suspect watched the victim, a then-16-year-old girl, while she was working at Younkers. Investigators said the man waited for her to leave the store at the end of her shift, and as she walked to her vehicle, he confronted her.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by WBAY-TV, the victim left the building at about 8:40 p.m., and noticed a man walk past the front of her car while she leaned in to get her ice scraper. The complaint says she didn’t know the man, but recognized him as someone who had approached her in the store earlier that day to ask about clothing and what time the store closed.

That’s when police say the man displayed a handgun and told the girl to get into her vehicle and move to the passenger seat. Officials say the man then entered her vehicle and drove it to a nearby location and sexually assaulted her.

Carter remains in custody on $1 million cash bond. He’s scheduled to enter a plea on June 22.

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