Devon Parker killed north Mpls Good Samaritan with his own gun, charges say

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Devon Parker (left); Thomas Sonnenberg (right).
Devon Parker, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a 69-year-old north Minneapolis homeowner with his own gun.

Just before noon Friday, Parker allegedly knocked on Thomas Sonnenberg's door at 3739 Aldrich Avenue North. Sonnenberg's wife later described Parker as "frantic, paranoid, and in some sort of distress" when he arrived, but Thomas Sonnenberg let him in the house nonetheless.

Sonnenberg then called police and said a man "came to his door seeking refuge [from] people chasing him with a bat," the charges say.

But when police arrived, they looked through a window and saw Sonnenberg slumped over in a kitchen chair. He "appeared deceased." As the officer tried to kick the door in, Sonnenberg's wife approached. Parker trailed behind her, but he hit the floor and was arrested after an officer drew his gun on him.

Thomas Sonnenberg was dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. He was wearing a gun holster but didn't have a gun on him.

Sonnenberg's wife later told police that after Parker entered their home, she heard him ask her husband "for a gun, a knife, a hat and gloves." She then heard a gunshot but didn't witness the chain of events that culminated in her husband getting shot.

The charges allege Parker roughed up Sonnenberg's wife after the shooting, including putting a gun to her head. But when police arrived, he let her walk back downstairs and toward them.

Sonnenberg's wife said the gun Parker used during the incident was a Smith and Wesson revolver her husband normally carried on his hip. It was later found upstairs underneath a bed.

Asked about Parker's motives, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder told us "the only person who has that information is Mr. Parker, and he's not talking."

But all indications are it was a botched robbery, Elder added.

"It doesn't make sense that he would just go in there and kill the guy," Elder said. "We lack any indication this was about anything else."

Parker's criminal record includes convictions for third-degree assault, trespassing, and drug offenses.

The incident was Minneapolis's second homicide of the year. Click here to read our report about the first.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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shibuya.whores
shibuya.whores

WHY , do you people INSIST on making EVERY thing ,Black and/vs White ? ,,,, and FAIL to Realize the under lying reasons ?!

Libs_are_stupid_too
Libs_are_stupid_too

So far, blacks have committed 100% of the homicides in Minneapolis this year.

Libs_are_stupid_too
Libs_are_stupid_too

Celebrate the countless infinite amazing vibrant obvious benefits of Divershitty™, naive, moronic white Minnesota "progressives"!

flowergirl45
flowergirl45

It sickens me that this happened so close to where I live, and the fact mr sonnenberg wanted to give him shelter because he thought he was in harms way. It's totally shameful

MPLS11
MPLS11

Oh and Assholes- PLEASE stop attempting to make this a political issue. It's about so much more than your unconscious associations- that help guide you in commenting about what is wrong and right. Grow a pair...and a work on your MORAL compass. Also- super gross!

MPLS11
MPLS11

Black, white, who gives a shhh.... a worthless peice of human excrement, is a worthless peice of human excrement! My mother and father are about the same age, married for 44 years. I cannot imagine what this man's wife went through that day. My thoughts and prayers are with her and their family. I can't even express what I would do to this punk. Gross!

pssykes55
pssykes55

Why, there are just as many white people in jail as black people, maybe more!  

pssykes55
pssykes55

Why, there are just as many white people in jail as black people, maybe more!  It is not the color of the sink; it's the person's .

pssykes55
pssykes55

Why, there are just as many white people in jail as black people, maybe more!  It is not the color of the sink; it's the person's .

MrGasso
MrGasso

Whenever black people walk close to my car I always make sure to flip the electric door locks a few times.....always gets their attention and usually I get a smile!

niboosmik
niboosmik

More clever ploys from Rupar to distract all us folks unwilling to admit we got too much time on our hands. Cretin!

Marie Alaniz
Marie Alaniz

I hope devon likes picking up the soap in shower. I think he will get lots of practice in the near future. Pos.

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

Well......if anything good came of this, it was that Devon dispelled stereotypes and crime statistics. 

Dave Saline
Dave Saline

Another prick gets a free pass due to his highness

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

It sounds like this kid is very unstable because this story is hard to stack up. Im guessing he either needs to be medicated or missed his medications.

These comments are exactly what people are thinking but never say. Comment boards are an easy source to remain anonymous while being outspoken at the same time. Its cowardly.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Very sad, but probably avoidable. NEVER, open your door to an unknown black stranger.

Libs_are_stupid_too
Libs_are_stupid_too

@pssykes55  the USA is over 75% white and only about 12% black, moron.  Can you even begin to comprehend what that means?

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Doubtful. About 49/1000 black males are incarcerated, compared to 7/1000 white males.

allyourbasearebelong
allyourbasearebelong

@jason.dorweiler You also have to factor in the ever-growing troll factor:  People saying what they don't mean, in hopes of becoming the next Internet Comment Board Super Villain.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

I disagree, anonymity is essential for honest expression, in a society governed by leftists who will stop at nothing to squelch dissent. Post your real name and some psycho leftist might try to hunt you down. Post your real name and your left-wing tyrant of a boss may try fire you.

If the left truly respected free speech, we could have these discussions openly and honestly, but political correctness forces us to say one thing in person and what we really mean on the internet.

MCRainbowWings
MCRainbowWings

@senatortombstone  speaking as a former north side mpls resident and family member of the Sonnenbergs THIS WAS NOT A WHITE/BLACK CRIME. It could have been any persons door Devon came to black or white and the outcome would have been the same. We can all only hope someone would be as kind as Tom and attempt to save our life's if really in danger as Devon led him to believe. All these comments make me more sad for ours loss. This murder was not about blacks, whites or guns  it was about a deranged kid feeding off of others kindness.. If not Tom some other good samaritan. Lets not take this tragedy as an opportunity to spew racial hate (Tom wouldn't have) and try to use it as an example of neighborhoods in need of saving. North Mpls is not a bad place or dangerous due to its ethnic diversity but perhaps its extreme poverty may come into play?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@senatortombstone  You are a mean stupid coward.  Racist cowards like you only talk your shit on the internet because only stupid losers think like you do.   You are not a man.   You are a little shit talking cowardly child.   Pathetic.  

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@senatortombstone  I partially agree, but why does it have to be a leftist thing? Not that I care about left or right, in fact if you are for one group or the other then something is closing you off to reality. All Im saying is it works both ways, there is no left more crazy then the right. Its old world politics. 

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Please accept my genuine condolences for your and your family's loss. However, I won't take back what I wrote. I only stayed the facts and gave my recommendations on how to deal with the reality of those facts. If only we spent as much time and energy condemning black criminals as we do those who point to the elephant in the room.

Yes, it is true that people from all demographics commit crimes against victims of all demographics. A general statement is not a blanket statement.

Sadly, your relative was not the first white person, nor is it likely he will be the last, whose altruism was taken advantage of by a murderous black, with deadly results.

To repeat myself, a white is 39 times more likely to be assaulted by a black than viceversa. This is something whites need to be aware of when around lots of unfamiliar blacks or when they are being dragged into a random black person's problems.

Having black family or friends is no reason to blind yourself to reality and expose yourself to unnecessary risks. Black criminals don't know and don't care if you have black friends.

Lastly, poverty does not cause crime, but crime is a cause of poverty. Most poor people obey the law, and I think it is unfair to the honest and unfortunate to use poverty as an excuse for crime.

Good luck to you and your family.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Well, if Sonnenberg had been more racially aware he would have known better than to take Parker at his word. His good natured egalitarianism cost him his life. Blacks commit nearly all of the interracial crime, and namecalling cannot change that. Pretending this is not so only makes white people more vulnerable to black criminals. Don't open your door to black strangers, lock your car doors when blacks walk by, don't drive through, work, or live in black neighborhoods, if you can help it. Racial awareness saves white lives.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

How's that?

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

I blame leftists because they are almost exclusively responsible for the state of fear that necessitates anonymity. Not saying that no right winger has ever tried to silence opposition, but it is mostly leftists who do it.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Actually, the more incidents like these, the more racially aware whites are becoming. I care about my people and do not want to see them become the victims of the black undertow. If you want to continue to ostrichize yourself to facts, that is your choice.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@WhiteMatt @senatortombstone  Loser cowards.  Type all the hateful shit you want.  Nobody listens to stupid assholes like you.  Every year the world moves past losers like you.  

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

It is not racist to point out the lopsided statistics of interracial violence. It is not racist to warn whites to be wary of unfamiliar blacks. The real racism is the fact that a white is 39 more times likely to be assaulted by black, than a black is by a white. Racial awareness is not racism, it is self-preservation. Do you think that if black demagogues spent as much time policing their own as they do demonizing the truth tellers that maybe the high violent crime rate for blacks would go down and that "bigots" like me would have less uncomfortable truths to tell?

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

I think it is a joke/troll account. No one can be that liberal and unreasonable.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Its only reality is in its avatar form. Completely oblivious to the rest of the world. Lol

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

LOL! Is Michele Bachman your real name? Is that avatar really a picture of you?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@senatortombstone  Sonnenberg is a great man. You are a dopey loser that uses his name to spew racist garbage you are too cowardly to say in public or with your real name.   You are pathetic in every way.  

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