Fox 41 uncovers details of cold case rape arrest
By Bennett Haeberle WDRB-TV Fox 41 News email@example.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Juvenile court records recently unsealed reveal details behind a Louisville robbery and rape investigation that went unsolved for years.
A DNA sample and a cold case grant have since led Metro Police to charge a Louisville man with the crime. And detectives believe he could be responsible for other rapes.
Last Thursday, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted 31-year old Antonio Carney as an adult for the crime police say he allegedly committed when he was 17.
Court records state that Carney and two others males were involved in a robbery and rape of a woman behind a dumpster at a Burger King along Dixie Highway in July of 1996.
The arrest citation states that "at gunpoint, the victim was robbed of her jewelry and her 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo."
It goes on to say that the victim was raped, sodomized and sexually abused, and that she went to the hospital where a rape exam was performed.
It wasn't until August of 2006 that a DNA sample linked Carney to the case, court records show.
Carney has a lengthy criminal history that dates back years. It begs the question of how a man who had been in and out of the criminal justice system would not have been charged sooner?
The answer isn't clear. But according to Dwight Mitchell, an LMPD spokesman, sex crimes detectives didn't have access to Carney's juvenile records.
Those records just became public Dec. 6 following his indictment and being transferred to Jefferson Circuit Court.
Carney's aunt told Fox 41 News by phone Monday night that her nephew has seven children and had been out of jail on probation and was working on acquiring his G.E.D. when these latest charges surfaced.
"It was kind of scary I didn't know anything about it. But they never bothered me, they were good neighbors I thought," said Betty Fuchs, a neighbor who lived near Carney in the Portland neighborhood.
Neighbors say Carney lived in a house in the area until he was arrested back in August. The tenants then moved out.
Carney faced a judge in August on charges of fleeing and evading police and resisting arrest. He'll be back in district court Tuesday morning to answer to those charges.
In August, Carney was picked up on misdemeanor charges when he was found living with his girlfriend in the 2800 block of Slevin Street in Portland. When police ran a check on him, they learned the truth -- that Carney had been on the run from the law for 17 years, according to court documents.
For months, Fox 41 News has been attempting to uncover the details behind Carney's alleged juvenile crimes, but they were under seal due to the fact that Carney had been a juvenile when the crimes were allegedly committed. In fact, the 31-year-old Carney was originally arraigned on the charges in juvenile court, with minor defendants.
On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Carney on the rape, robbery, sodomy and sex abuse charges, and those juvenile charges were suddenly made public.
For the first time, Fox 41 News can tell you what the 31-year-old Carney is accused of doing when he was 17.
(NOTE: There is a discrepancy between the indictment information Fox 41 News obtained today and the original court documents we obtained in August. For example, the original documents indicate that the crime took place in 1993 when Carney was 14. Except for one instance, the new documents indicate that the crime took place in 1996 when Carney was 17. Fox 41 News currently has no explanation for the discrepancies in the court documents.)
According to the police report that was unsealed last week, the crime took place on July 31, 1996. Police state that Carney, along with two other suspects, approached a woman who was using a pay phone at Burger King. One of them drew a gun, and the three suspects robbed her of her jewelry and her 1989 Monte Carlo.
At this point, Carney and one of his accomplices pulled her behind a dumpster, and began ripping off her clothes, according to the report.
The police report says that she was "forcibly raped, orally sodomized and was digitally penetrated in her anus."
The third suspect drove off in her car while this was happening, according to police.
The victim was later taken to the hospital, where a rape examination took place.
Time passed. New technology was invented -- and the story took a huge turn in Aug. 2006, when DNA evidence from the rape examination tied Antonio Carney to the case. At that point, 10 years later, the cold case was re-opened.