OCEANSIDE — A Superior Court judge arraigned a 37-year-old man April 7 in a Vista courtroom for the slaying of a tourist.
Eric Russell Andreasen is charged with a single count of first-degree murder stemming from what investigators believe was a random attack on Katherine Parker, of Lincoln County, in a mall parking lot in the 2400 block of East Vista Way in Oceanside on April 2.
Immediately following the attack, Parker was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where she later died. Parker, 56, had been on vacation in San Diego County with her family.
Andreasen remains in custody without bail on a parole hold. Andreasen’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 26.
Witnesses told police Andreasen approached Parker and slashed her several times across her neck and upper body with a knife. They said he then sat down on the ground and waited for the police to arrive.
Following the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said he couldn’t comment on the details of the case because of the ongoing investigation. He urged anyone with information relating to the murder to call the Oceanside Police Department.
Andreasen, who was residing in San Diego County, spent 78 days in Patton State Hospital during a criminal case in 2005. He later pleaded guilty to felony grand theft in a San Diego Superior Court and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
He has a strike for a 1991 robbery conviction out of Los Angeles County as well as a burglary and battery charge out of Ontario and Orange County, respectively.
Because of the strike, Andreasen faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted.