Fort Worth police issued an arrest warrant on Feb. 7 for Austin Williams Carpenter, son of a prominent Dallas-area family. Problem was, it was the wrong Austin Carpenter.
According to the arrest warrant, Fort Worth police officer J.C. Williams swore under oath that he identified Austin Williams Carpenter as the same person who sold Williams controlled substances.
Houston attorney Joe Wells said this mistake could lead to questions on the way the police conducted the investigation.
“They [police officers] make arrests, they make buys from people selling drugs, and then they arrest them right then and there, at the scene, immediately. And when you do that, you don’t have any question, ‘Did I identify the right person in the warrant?’” Wells said.
Wells is the attorney for the “correct” Austin Carpenter, a 19-year-old male from Houston. According to the TCU email system, Carpenter is a former TCU student.
The mistake made by Williams could lead to questions regarding the officers’ credibility in the other TCU students’ cases, Wells said.
“So this is fraud in the Austin Carpenter case, then what’s to say it’s not fraud in the rest of the cases?” he said.
Wells said there could be the possibility that his client would not face charges now because of poor police work.