Dead Suspect's Past Might Reveal More Rape Victims - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Dead Suspect's Past Might Reveal More Rape Victims

Posted: Updated:

The women attacked during a series of sexual assaults across San Diego over the past year will never get to come face to face with the man responsible in court. Thirty-nine-year-old Thomas James Parker took his own live inside the downtown jail just days after being arrested. Now San Diego Police are wondering if Parker may have been responsible for other attacks.

The investigation continues into the double life of Parker, who killed himself in jail last week after DNA linked him to a series of home invasion robberies and sexual assaults across the county over the last year.

Six victims were Asian women, but his most recent victim was Christina Hennigan, who spoke with News 8 last week. She says she still gets choked up over the impact this had on Parker's family.

"I felt sick, and then I felt even more sick for his wife and his kids. I mean, to not know," she said.

Police are now digging up his past by focusing on unsolved cases where he used to live, including Oregon, Iowa and Texas.

"His DNA will be uploaded into the national database to see if there are any other cases out there he might match," a police department spokesman said.

Investigators are also submitting Parker's information into the violent crime analysis program - or VI-CAP - which compares his method of operation, description and case facts to other unsolved crimes across the nation.

News 8 arrived at Parker's It's A Grind coffee shop in Little Italy, which is still closed. Some of Parker's family members and employees were seen walking out of the coffee shop with several items, but they refused to answer any questions about the coffee shop and whether it was going to reopen or be sold to another party.

While police also examine the Tierrasanta resident's service with the Navy, they hope their efforts will bring closure to any other victims who may still be out there.

"If there are other agencies out there that have open cases that are related or linked to him that he's responsible for, then they would like to cancel their cases and know that he is no longer a threat," an SDPD spokesman said.

Police say results from the national DNA database and VI-CAP system could take several weeks to get back.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • San Diego: Report unable to find correlation between spending, homelessness decreases

    San Diego: Report unable to find correlation between spending, homelessness decreases

    Tuesday, March 26 2019 6:49 PM EDT2019-03-26 22:49:25 GMT

    While government spending on local homeless services has dramatically increased throughout the county over the last decade, the effect of that spending is difficult to quantify, according to a report released Tuesday by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation.

     

    While government spending on local homeless services has dramatically increased throughout the county over the last decade, the effect of that spending is difficult to quantify, according to a report released Tuesday by the San Diego Taxpayers Educational Foundation.

     
  • Apple facing US import ban on some iPhones in tech dispute

    Apple facing US import ban on some iPhones in tech dispute

    Tuesday, March 26 2019 6:45 PM EDT2019-03-26 22:45:00 GMT

    A trade court judge will recommend banning some iPhones from being imported into the U.S. after concluding Apple's best-selling device infringed on technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm.

     

    A trade court judge will recommend banning some iPhones from being imported into the U.S. after concluding Apple's best-selling device infringed on technology owned by mobile chip maker Qualcomm.

     
  • Lyft announces suite of new perks for drivers

    Lyft announces suite of new perks for drivers

    Tuesday, March 26 2019 6:38 PM EDT2019-03-26 22:38:52 GMT

    The ride-booking company Lyft announced a suite of new features Tuesday that are available to its drivers across the country, including in San Diego.

     

    The ride-booking company Lyft announced a suite of new features Tuesday that are available to its drivers across the country, including in San Diego.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.