A Stockton man police said shot and killed a Santa Rosa masseuse at her office near downtown may have had a history of raping and robbing women in Northern California, authorities said Tuesday.
John Quincy Ellis, 46, committed suicide Feb. 6, the day after he killed Carole Marie Brooks, authorities say. As police tried to apprehend him, Ellis ran into the path of a big rig on Interstate 5.
At the Stockton home Ellis shared with his ex-wife and two children, detectives found evidence linking Ellis to the January rape and robbery of a woman in San Francisco and other items that indicated he was fascinated with rape, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Steve Fraga said.
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"There's no doubt in our minds that John Quincy Ellis was the suspect in our case," San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
Detectives searching Ellis' home found a suitcase filled with handcuffs, rope, tape, a mask and pornographic videos, Fraga said.
Crime books detailing prior cases of serial rapists were "strewn throughout his bedroom," Fraga said. "Then he's responsible for a murder in our town, and he's responsible for a sexual assault robbery in another nearby town.
"That's the reason why we have reached out to all law enforcement agencies to tell them what our case is all about."
Fraga said Ellis exchanged text messages with Brooks, 60, on Feb. 5 before he arrived at her Clark Street studio, police said. They had arranged an appointment, possibly for a massage.
However, within moments of Ellis' arrival he shot Brooks in the abdomen and fled. Brooks died later that day at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital after telling police a man she knew as John Paul had demanded money and then shot her, Fraga said.
Multiple witnesses who heard the shots noted part of the shooter's license plate as he drove away, and detectives later found Ellis through his rental car.