DNA Leads to Arrest in 2012 Rape Case

Victim Kicked Out of Nightclub Then Lured Into Car

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Peter Parra

Santa Barbara resident Peter Parra was arrested May 14 for allegedly raping a 21-year-old UCSB student after she was kicked out of Tonic Nightclub for being too drunk. The incident occurred in June 2012, but the case went cold until a recently processed DNA sample led detectives to Parra.

On June 8, 2012, SBPD officers responded to a call of a rape investigation at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, explained police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood. The officers learned the victim had started drinking with friends at her home near UCSB before heading downtown and drinking more at Tonic. Bar staff eventually asked her to leave “due to her level of intoxication,” Harwood explained, and her companions arranged for another mutual friend to pick her up and take her home.

But as the victim waited for her ride on a bench outside the club, Parra, 35, convinced her to get into a nearby car driven by another man. They headed to Parra’s home on the 1500 block of San Andres Street where the victim was raped, said Harwood. She was then driven to Isla Vista and dropped off. Later that morning she went to the hospital.

The officers forwarded the evidence collected during their rape investigation to the California Department of Justice Crime Lab for analysis, and the victim was put in touch with an advocate from the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. A sergeant with the SBPD’s Crimes Against Persons Unit took over the case but “ultimately exhausted all investigative leads and the case was placed on inactive status, unsolved, pending any results from the DOJ Crime Lab,” explained Harwood.

On April 24, the DOJ Crime Lab notified the SBPD that it had found a foreign DNA sample that matched Parra. Three weeks later, Parra was taken into custody and interviewed. While he initially denied having contact with the victim, he then acknowledged having sex with her, but claimed it was consensual. Parra was booked into County Jail for rape and his bail is set at $100,000.


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Stay in groups downtown, especially when you're intoxicated. This is becoming a weekly story about people who start off drunk downtown and either end up dead or raped.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 21, 2013 at 6:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If we're lucky, Peter Parra will meet "Bubba" in prison and learn what it's like to be a sexual abuse victim.

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 1:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

May this pathetic looking filthy scumbag enjoy his lengthy incarceration courtesy of the great state of California.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 2:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Although no one "asks" to be raped, and she certainly didn't deserve to be raped, living a high risk lifestyle as she is makes that likelyhood much greater. Criminals like this seek out the vulnerable and those that can't defend themselves. She certainly fit that category.

Botany (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 2:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

While the victim made the same kinds of unwise choices that many people her age make, one should be allowed to be vulnerable in a civilized country and not be preyed upon.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

that's absolutely on the mark KV. Sure, she made some stupid choices, and her "friends" left her totally soused on a bench awaiting a ride, and her lifestyle apparently is high risk: but in a civilized land we should expect she wouldn't be victimized in this brutal way.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 2:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It's easy to rant against the guy accused of this crime, by why isn't there more outcry against the UN-civilized culture that encourages people to get drunk (this becoming vulnerable) and becoming victims?

The hypocrisy of a society that claims it cares about women's safety while supporting the booze culture that's taken over Santa Babylon is amazing.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bill brought up a second point I was thinking of. The supposed wiser adults set up this alcoholic party land and expect inexperienced young adults to be able to navigate safely and responsibly. But hey it's all money into the coffers of the local gov, thru taxes and fines and all the surrounding industries that feed off the drunk zone.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 3:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It really points out how devastating and debilitating the legal intoxicants of our society are.

It is terrifying to me how alcohol can cause a total "blackout" and yet it is not only legal, but it is pushed in our faces at every chance the advertisers and bar promoters get!

But, if I get stoned and sit on my couch, eating ice cream-covered potato chips while watching Family Guy, I'm breaking the law.

sacjon (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 4:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The booze industry likes it that way, ask their boy on the SB City Council.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 22, 2013 at 4:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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