A convicted sex offender accused of three violent home invasions in Montgomery and Prince George’s County has been ordered held without bond.
Prosecutors say Kevin Ray confessed to forcing his way into homes at gunpoint and robbing, raping and sexually assaulting several victims over a four-day period.
After he was arrested last weekend in North Carolina, prosecutors say Ray was interviewed by detectives and admitted sexually assaulting a housekeeper in Bethesda at knifepoint and tying up the homeowner and her 14-year-old son.
He also admitted raping a woman, not once, but twice in a Temple Hills home after tying up six people inside the house.
It is a crime spree so violent, the state's attorney is exploring charges that will keep Ray locked up, if convicted, for the rest of his life.
During a brief hearing inside District Court in Rockville, prosecutors laid out the evidence against Ray, adding details to a violent crime spree that kept county residents on edge for days.
"What is disturbing and as outlined in open court, in each of these incidences, and there are two here in Montgomery County and a third in Prince George's County, there were children involved in each incident. There were threats to kill, not only the women who were the primary victims in these cases, but also to kill their children,” said Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
Prosecutors say Ray confronted a woman at gunpoint, holding an infant inside the garage of her Wheaton home, locking the two in a closet before stealing her car and getting away.
On Bardon Road in Bethesda, prosecutors say Ray forced a 14-year-old boy to tie up his mother before forcing the housekeeper into the bathroom where he sexually assaulted her.
"We are analyzing at this point in time whether or not mandatory provisions of the repeat offender statute that exists in Maryland would make him eligible for a no parole sentence,” said McCarthy.
He says investigators are still not sure if a second suspect was involved in the home invasion on Bardon Road. It is still under investigation.
Ray told police he began his spree after his partner was killed in the District.
"We don't know the exact date of that. We know as was indicated in open court, that is a statement he made to the officials here when he was being questioned, that he was out there on his own because his partner had been killed recently during some activities in D.C.,” said McCarthy.
Ray told police he was robbing drug dealers in the District when his partner was killed. A law enforcement source says it happened last month and there is a warrant for Ray's arrest.
Back in the 1990s, police say Ray was involved in a murder in Prince George's County and spent time in prison for manslaughter.
Ray appeared in court via closed circuit television from the county jail. He was wincing in pain at times and supporting himself on crutches.
Police say Ray resisted arrest and was injured when officers tried to take him into custody.
In a search of Ray’s home in Temple Hills, police say they found three guns, masks and wigs, as well as the iPod stolen from the 14-year-old boy in Bethesda.
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