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UPDATE: Man Arrested, Held Without Bond for Home Invasions, Sexual Assaults

Police made the arrest in Kitty Hawk, NC, following numerous tips received from the public.

Update, Jan. 16, 2 p.m.: Kevin Darnell Ray, who has been arrested for committing home invasions in Wheaton, Bethesda and Temple Hills, MD, is listed on the Maryland sexual offender registry for a 2005 third-degree sexual offense, police said at a Rockville news conference this morning, according to WUSA9.com

Ray, who has served 18 years in prison on a manslaughter charge, is "a repeat offender who [police] are glad to have off the streets," WUSA9.com reports.

Ray faces charges for a home invasion robbery in Wheaton on Jan. 10, and home invasion robberies and sexual assaults in Bethesda (on Jan. 11) and Temple Hills (on Jan. 13).

Police are still looking for a second suspect who rode with Ray on the Metro to Bethesda for Wednesday's incident, although the second suspect was not involved in the sexual assault of the housekeeper of the Bethesda home, police said.

In the Temple Hills incident, Ray allegedly tied up six people and sexually assaulted them, according to Prince George's County Police Spokesperson Julie Parker, WUSA9.com reported.

Kevin Darnell Ray is being held without bond in Maryland, and he will have a court hearing on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Rockville District Court.

Update, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.: On Sunday afternoon, Kevin Darnell Ray, 33, of the 13400 block of Gable Lane in Fort Washington, MD, was transported to Montgomery County after his arrest in Kitty Hawk, NC.

The warrant for Ray's arrest charged him with armed robbery, the use of a firearm while committing a felony, first-degree sexual offense, third-degree sexual offense and first-degree assault.

Ray was brought to the Montgomery County Police Department's Central Processing Unit late in the evening on Jan. 15, and is being held without bond.  

A bond review hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Rockville District Court.

Update, Jan. 15, 12:30 a.m.: The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit has charged Kevin Darnell Ray, 33, in connection with a home invasion and sexual assault that occurred in Temple Hills, MD, on Friday, Jan. 13.

These charges against Ray, a registered sex offender, have been added to charges already made against Ray in connection with the home invasion, robbery and sexual assault in Bethesda on Jan. 10, and with the home invasion and robbery in Wheaton on Jan. 11.

Update, Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m.: Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division have arrested Kevin Ray, 33, of Fort Washington, MD, in connection with the Wheaton home invasion robbery and the similar crime in Bethesda.

Police made the arrest in Kitty Hawk, NC, following numerous tips received from the public.

Ray is in custody in Dare County, NC, pending an extradition hearing. His arrest warrant includes charges of robbery, first-degree sexual assault, use of a handgun while committing a felony and first-degree assault.

Police in Prince George's County are investigating a home invasion and sexual assault that happened on Friday, Jan. 13, in Temple Hills, MD, to see if it is related to the similar crimes for which Ray has been arrested. Read more about the investigation on MSNBC.com.

Original post, Jan. 11, 4:40 p.m.: Montgomery County Police are looking for the man they say is the suspect in two home invasion robberies within two days—one at a Wheaton residence on Tuesday, Jan. 10, and the on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Police are still investigating, but said the suspect threatened his victims with a handgun and stole money and credit cards before escaping in his victims’ vehicles.

According to police, the suspect tied up the occupants of the Bethesda home and sexually assaulted the housekeeper.

The first robbery occurred on Jan. 10 at a residence in the 2900 block of McMahon Road in Wheaton. Officers from the 4th District responded at approximately 10:04 a.m. Police said that the suspect had approached a woman in her garage, threatened her with a black handgun and demanded money. The woman gave the suspect money from her wallet. The suspect then demanded her car keys, debit card, and pin number before driving away in the woman’s vehicle, which was later recovered a short distance away. The stolen debit card was later used at a bank ATM in Oxon Hill.

The victim was not injured during this robbery, police said.

The second robbery occurred on Jan. 11 at a residence in the 9200 block of Bardon Road in Bethesda. Officers from the 2nd District responded at approximately 7:46 a.m.

According to police, a housekeeper had just arrived at the residence. She told police that shortly after her arrival she went back outside to move her car when she encountered the suspect at the front door. Police said the suspect produced a black handgun and forced his way into the home. The homeowner and her teenage son were also in the house.

The suspect tied up all three occupants of the home and the housekeeper was sexually assaulted, according to police. The suspect stole a bank debit card and took the housekeeper’s car keys, before fleeing in her car. Police said that the occupants were then able to get free and call 911.

The housekeeper was transported to the hospital where she was treated and released. The other two victims were not injured during this robbery, according to police.

The housekeeper’s stolen credit card was later used at a CVS in L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC.

Police described the suspect involved in both of these incidents as a black male, in his late 20s to early 30s, five feet, seven inches tall, with a slim build. They say he was wearing a black jacket, a sweatshirt with pockets in the front, dark-colored pants, and brown-framed eyeglasses. He was also wearing a black ski mask and gloves.

The vehicle in which the suspect fled today is described as a gray Ford Expedition with Maryland registration 4AE7450. The vehicle has a McDaniel College sticker on the rear windshield.

Anyone with information about these robberies, the suspect involved, and/or the stolen vehicle is asked to call the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or 240-773-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of the persons responsible for this felony crime. Anonymous tips can also be provided by typing “MCPD” plus the tip on a cell phone or PDA and texting it to 274637 (CRIMES).

Charles L.Garris January 13, 2012 at 01:15 PM
That's a good-enough photo. They should be able to locate this piece of trash. Keep an eye on all cameras in the L'Enfant area - very likely he lives somewhere nearby.
jnrentz1 January 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Kevin Darnell Ray, the accused predator is no stranger to the criminal justice system. If convicted of the more serious charges against him, he will have earned a lifetime stay in Maryland's prison system. Nothing less will suffice.

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