Police charge man in 2007 rape at South Side Goodwill

By Steve Pope | August 30, 2018

Editors note: Due to the graphic content contained in the criminal complaints, Grant Street News has chosen not to include copies of them here. 

The man police charged Thursday with the 2007 rape rape of a woman inside a Pittsburgh Goodwill was recently charged with raping another woman in July.

According to criminal complaints filed in the two cases, police say Shawn Carr, 30, of Elizabeth, sexually assaulted two hearing impaired women, one in 2007 and another on July 26. In the 2007 case, police also allege that Carr robbed the victim.

Police allege that on Jan. 24, 2007 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Carr and a woman identified as “Jane Doe’ were taking classes together at the Goodwill on East Carson Street. The woman told police in 2007 that she noticed Carr following her and “she became nervous and attempted to lose” him by “walking in the hallways.” As she entered a women’s bathroom, she attempted to shut the door, but Carr forced his way in, raped her and stole $11.00 from her purse.

The woman was interviewed by police on Aug. 27 and confirmed that Carr was the one who had raped her. She was able to identify him from his driver’s license picture and told police, “I was scared bad.” When asked if she consented to having sex with Carr she responded, “I didn’t want, I didn’t want too.”

Carr is also charged with the July 14 rape of a woman inside an Uptown apartment. The victim told police that while she was sleeping on a couch with her boyfriend Carr, “grabbed her wrist and forced her into a bathroom.  “He didn’t ask me or anything,” she said.  She explained in detail how Carr raped her “for hours,” police wrote in the complaint.

Police say the victim’s mother was able to identify Carr from a Facebook photo. Carr was sent a message from police via Facebook messenger asking that he come to police headquarters for questioning.  Police say he responded by saying,  “I’m too busy to come there.”

In both cases police Carr is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and sexual assault. He faces additional charges of robbery and unlawful restraint in the most recent case.

Carr is currently in the Allegheny County Jail after being unable to post a $50,000 bond in the 2007 case and a $25,000 bond in the July case. A Sept. 12 preliminary hearing is scheduled in both cases.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com





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