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Police and ambulance at the scene of the shooting in Arlington on April 8. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

EVERETT — An Arlington man accused of killing his girlfriend in April has now been charged with child rape after investigators discovered that he was allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl at the time, it was reported Friday.

According to the Everett Herald, Arlington detectives were investigating the shooting death of 25-year-old Jessica Jones on April 8 when they allegedly discovered that her boyfriend and suspect in her murder, Daniel Rinker, 25, was having sex with an underage girl.

The newspaper said the girl reportedly told detectives the two had sex on multiple occasions, including after Jones was shot.

In charging papers, a Snohomish County prosecutor wrote that when Rinker was in jail in September as a suspect in Jones’ murder, he had a phone conversation with the girl in which she told him that she might be pregnant and he allegedly told the girl to get an abortion by drinking bleach and Pepto Bismol

Jones was fatally shot in the garage of an Arlington home; Rinker was charged with second-degree murder in the case.


Police said they were called to the home in the 6800 block of 188th St NE  at 3 p.m. on April 8 to reports of an assault with a weapon.

“We were just sitting in the house and I heard a gunshot and I was like, oh,” neighbor Eleazar said.

When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old woman, Jessica Jones, who had been shot in the head.  She was immediately airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She died the next day.

Early speculation by one neighbor was that it was a drive-by shooting. Another neighbor recalls hearing an altercation in front of the home, then a single gunshot.

“The suspect initially reported to Arlington police that Ms. Jones was shot by an unknown person who was possibly shooting from inside of a dark blue Dodge Neon,” the Arlington Police Department said in a statement issued Monday night. “Combined witness accounts, video surveillance, and interviews did not confirm this version of events.

“A witness later shared with Arlington detectives that they saw the suspect enter the garage during a disturbance and then heard a gunshot. A handgun was recovered from some nearby bushes during the search of the property by Arlington police,” the statement said.

It added that the suspect is “well-known to officers with prior convictions for assault, robbery, burglary, and unlawful possession of a firearm.”


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  • Michele

    What an awful thing for everyone involved! I don’t know anyone involved, but this story touched me. That being said, I am appalled by the fact that Julie would post the name of a 13 year old girl publicly. Regardless of who this young girl may or may not have been involved with, she is only 13!

    • Tammy

      A 13 year old cannot consent, she is a child. I don’t care if she slept with the entire town; it’s still rape in the eyes of the law. I cannot believe someone would be so crass as to blame a CHILD for her own rape. The alleged murderer supposedly told the girl to drink bleach – that would be two murders on his hands; and yet there are those gullible enough to believe him. LONG history of trouble with the law? I’d say his days are numbered.

    • Toni

      Are you for real??? Consensual sex with a 13 year old?! Even if she was a willing participant it doesn’t matter she is not of legal age to consent, it’s rape!!!

  • Misty M

    WTF is wrong with people!!! I don’t care what kind of drugs the girl was on or what kind of family she comes from. She is still a child. A child it sounds like, that never had much of a chance in life. Perfect prey for older men to prey on. I don’t care if it’s consensual or not. He is an adult & knows it is wrong. Besides, if he murdered someone, I doubt having sex with a child would be out of his realm. You need to pick better people to date. Your lucky you didn’t end up like Jessica or god forbid, have teenage daughters you let him around.

  • Aileen

    I don’t care what your twisted version of reality is. It is not ok to share the name off a minor who is involved in a sex crime case. I realize that there are ignorant sub-cultures who think it is ok, and excusable, to have sex with a child. Exposing her publically is vicious, deliberate and possibly an attempt to pressure her to change her story. Whatever your excuse for him, it is not ok to have sex with a 13 year old. Whatever excuse you are using for yourself, it is never ok to publically shame a possible victim, especially a child.

  • sonya

    Why are you putting her name out there like this? She is a victim. How dare you! Sounds to me like your just a jealous ex girlfriend of a murderer/child molester. You need help.