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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.

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Update, Jan. 16, 2 p.m.: Kevin Darnell Ray, who has been arrested for committing home invasions and sexual assaults in Bethesda, Wheaton 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 p.m.: Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division have arrested Kevin Darnell Ray, 33, of Fort Washington, MD, in connection with the Bethesda home invasion robbery and the similar crime in Wheaton.

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.

Update, Jan. 12, 4:52 p.m.:

Update, Jan. 12, 2:19 p.m.: NBC Washington is reporting and Montgomery County police confirm that the housekeeper, one of the victims of a home invasion robbery this morning in Bethesda, was also the victim of a sexual assault.

The occupants of the home were all bound, but were able to free themselves and call police.

Police are continuing to question the victims for more details on the crime.

Update, Jan. 12, 12:55 p.m.:  The Washington Post reports and police confirm that the car in which the two suspects fled belonged to the house cleaner.

The car was a gray Ford Expedition with Maryland license plates 4AE-7450 and a McDaniel College sticker on the back.

Police are describing the suspects as two black males. Police didn't have further suspect description information available.

Police and news vans were parked outside the Bethesda home Wednesday morning. A woman who left the home declined to comment to reporters.

Original Post, Jan. 12, 10:25 a.m.: A mother, her teenage son and a house cleaner were tied up Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, while two suspects burglarized their Bethesda home, ABC7 reports and Montgomery County police confirm.

Shortly after 6:45 a.m., police say the two masked men, armed with handguns, knocked on the door of the home in the 9200 block of Bardon Road. A house cleaner had just arrived to clean the home, and a mother and her teenage son were also home, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer McNeal.

After the occupants opened the door, the suspects forced their way into the home, police said. The woman, teen and house cleaner were tied up as the home was burglarized, McNeal said. Unknown property was taken, McNeal said.

No one was injured in the inicident, according to Montgomery County police, but the house cleaner was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

The suspects fled in a gray Ford Expedition, McNeal said. The car has Maryland license tags: 4AE-7450. The truck had a McDaniel College sticker in the back window, according to police.

This post has been updated.

 


Rachelle Levin January 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM
So sorry to hear this.... Very disturbing.... Perhaps the rule if thumb is if you are at home and not expecting anyone -do not open the door until you've tried to see who is knocking and then decide whether to open
Catalystnow January 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
This is why we have a right to bear arms, ladies the man of the house is not home so what are you going to do???
Charles L.Garris January 15, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Catalystnow is correct and wise! For past 48 yrs. this fmr Marine reservist has never been w/out gun protection for self and family. Cal. 38 SW in the home, .25 cal. Baretta plus Mace in car, and Marine knife on person when required. Suggestion: never open front door without 1st checking peep-hole - especially after sun-down. Keep all doors locked 24/7.

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