A 32-year-old father of three with an alleged history of domestic violence is the primary suspect in the “savage” slaying of his wife and mother of his children, police said Sunday.
Daly City Police are searching for Quincy Norton, suspected of killing his 31-year-old wife, Tamika, Saturday morning, and have put out a western regional notice to law enforcement authorities for the whereabouts of Norton.
Norton was last seen by Katrina Coleman, a former sister-in-law to the suspect whom Norton left his children with the morninghe’s suspected of killing his wife.
“He just asked me to watch the kids,” said Coleman, a San Mateo resident, noting that he rarely left his kids at her house for the day.
“It didn’t seem strange at the time,” she added.
The San Mateo County Coroner’s office had not released the victim’s name as of Sunday afternoon, in response to a request from the District Attorney’s office, said Jesse Busalacchi, a deputy county coroner, but Coleman said Norton’s wife, Tamika, was a “really nice person.”
Norton is considered armed and dangerous, and family members have told police that Norton may be involved in a group committing “street-level robberies” and had been hiding guns around his home, according to authorities.
Lt. Jay Morena of Daly City police said that Norton has ties to East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Milpitas, San Francisco and Seattle.
He is a black male between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall and 230 pounds, last seen driving a green 2001 Honda CRV with California license plate number 4PXB850. Norton has several tattoos: a panther on his upper right arm, a skull on his left arm and two faces and the name “Debra” on his chest. He has a black ski mask and a bulletproof vest, and a large bulletproof “flap jacket” was found in one of Norton’s cars, officials said.
Morena said the children reported awaking Saturday morning to the screams of their mother, a registered nurse at a Bay Area hospital, who called out their names, apparently as she was killed in the bedroom she shared with Norton between 6:30 and 7 a.m.
Morena said there were no gunshots but would not elaborate on the cause of death.
“She was savagely murdered,” Morena said.
Norton, who has an alleged history of domestic abuse and criminal charges, dropped off the children around 8 a.m. at a family friend’s home in San Mateo and left, Morena said.
The victim was supposed to attend a friend’s funeral Saturday morning and when she didn’t show up, the family became concerned, he said.
At 1:30 p.m., police conducted a welfare check at the home in the Southern Hills neighborhood of Daly City and found the victim dead and the children, 9-year-old Quincy, 8-year-old Dion and 1-year-old Jasmine, missing.
It was not until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, when the family friend called the victim’s sister, who was giving interviews at the police station, that the children were recovered safe and unharmed.
Members of Quincy Norton’s family were contacted but did not return calls for comment.
Those with information about Norton’s whereabouts or the missing SUV are encouraged to call the Daly City Police Department at (650) 991-8119.