In San Diego, sex crime suspect, Thomas James Parker, 39, was found dead in his cell hanging by a sheet while at the San Diego County Central Detention Facility. He had been accused of seven sexual assaults on women throughout San Diego.
The sexual assault crime spree has allegedly been ongoing for over a year. Mr. Parker was captured on Wednesday, July 1st, after a failed attempt to to rape a Mission Valley woman in her garage. She fought back and then chased him until he was arrested at a shopping center in Mission Valley. Police claim that DNA has linked him to seven sexual assaults that started last year and occurred in Carmel Valley,Tierrasanta, and near UC San Diego.
Mr. Parker was the co-owner of It’s a Grind Coffee House in Little Italy. He was married with two young children.
Man accused in assaults reportedly kills self in jail, North County Times, July 4, 2009