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Kidnapping suspect nabbed by Houston cops
Polk County Enterprise - March 2008
BY Valerie Redell,
ONALASKA — The two-month search for aggravated kidnapping suspect Gary Parker, 48, of Shepherd ended Monday night when offi cers in Harris County arrested him for Class B misdemeanor theft. Parker initially gave offi cers a fi ctitious name, but during the booking process his fi ngerprints were run through the Automated Fingerprint Identifi cation Service (AFIS) and learned his true identity. Jail offi cials then located the outstanding warrants from Polk County, according to Sheriff Kenneth Hammack.
Polk County Sheriff’s Department began efforts to return Parker to the Polk County Jail Wednesday morning. Onalaska police and the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce launched investigations after a woman was kidnapped from her home in the Cedar Point subdivision and the robbery of a doughnut shop in Onalaska. According to Capt. Rickie Childers with the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce, Parker broke into the residence of a woman in Cedar Point Dec. 23, took her from the home at knifepoint, forced her into her car and drove to a bank in the Porter area where he attempted to force her to withdraw money. The woman broke free from Parker and screamed for bank staff to call 911.
Montgomery County deputies responded to the bank on U.S. 59 at 3:48 p.m., reports show. While Parker was staying in the Cedar Point Subdivision a number of burglaries were reported to sheriff’s deputies. Felony arrest warrants have been issued for aggravated kidnapping and burglary of a habitation. Onalaska Police also have a felony warrant on Parker for aggravated robbery in connection with incident that occurred Saturday at a doughnut shop in the 14700 block of U.S. 190 West, according to Police Chief Ron Gilbert. A man dressed in black entered the business at about 7:45 a.m. Saturday and told customers and staff to turn around and face the wall. While their backs were turned, the man emptied the cash register of an undisclosed amount of money. Parker has an extensive criminal history that began with the controversial end of his law enforcement career.
Gary Parker served as a patrol sergeant for San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office when his father, James “Humpy” Parker, was sheriff. Humpy Parker was at the center of a law enforcement scandal in the 1970s and 80s that was finally interrupted in 1983 when an undercover FBI agent was arrested and subjected to water torture and other illegal tactics. Gary Parker was a patrol sergeant at the time the corruption scandal was uncovered. Parker’s deputies testified at trial that they would park on U.S. 59 and watch for “long-hairs” driving vehicles displaying a bumper sticker for Houston radio station K-101.
“Humpy” Parker died in 1999 of cancer after he served a 10-year sentence in federal prison. The American Civil Liberties Union also won a judgment against San Jacinto County for three Kentucky residents and a Baytown man. The county was ordered to pay $40,000 per year until each person named in the class action lawsuit received $1,500. News reports at the time indicated thousands of people may have joined the class action lawsuit. The long-running corruption scheme was the subject of a book and movie, “Terror on I-59.”