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Woman Uses Laptop to Tell Police She Was Being 'Held Against Her Will' by Houston Rapper in Garage for Years: Affidavit

Woman Held Captive in Garage For Years by Houston Rapper: Police
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Lee Carter is accused of kidnapping a pregnant woman and holding her captive in his garage for 4 or 5 years.

Jan. 12 2024, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

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A homeless woman was reportedly abducted and held captive in a garage for at least four years by a Texas rapper before she managed to get access to the suspect's computer and contact authorities for help, officials said.

Although the woman, who claimed she was allegedly held captive by 52-year-old Lee Carter, was discovered in April, the arrest on charges of felony aggravated kidnapping only occurred earlier this month, according to court records obtained by NBC News.

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The reason for the delay in Carter's arrest is unclear.

Prosecutors said the woman weighed just 70 pounds and was pregnant when she was located, but her current condition remains unclear, NBC News reported.

The arrest affidavit from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office stated that the woman used Carter's laptop to "communicate with 9-1-1 dispatch that she was being held against her will," but details about how she gained access to the device were not disclosed.

In April, the Houston Fire Department responded to Carter's residence in Houston, where they forcibly opened the garage door and discovered the woman living in putrid conditions, authorities said.

The garage had a "makeshift toilet that did not flush," a mattress "covered in fresh vomit" and a few packages of chips and Twinkies, the affidavit claimed. The garage no longer had a door to allow a vehicle to enter and police said the windows were boarded up.

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Police said the 5-foot-2 woman was malnourished, had “a pungent stench,” “crusty” hair, and was wearing clothes that were “filthy dirty.”

While her age was not listed in court records, the woman told authorities she was picked up by Carter approximately four or five years ago when she was panhandling in Houston while pregnant. Officials could not reveal if the woman has given birth to a baby.

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Carter's defense attorney, George Powell, claimed Carter and the woman were in a romantic relationship for years and they have a child together.

When asked about the living conditions in the garage, Powell said he recently joined the case and he had not yet seen the space.

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Bond was set at $100,000 for Carter and he recently was released from Harris County Jail after posting bond, officials said.

Carter is reportedly the owner of Rhyme Time Records, which operates from the residence where the woman said she was held captive, according to KPRC. Powell claimed to be unaware of Carter's music career.

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