There are disturbing new details in a series of home invasions that terrified residents of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties last week.
At a Monday morning news conference at police headquarters in Rockville, police said they are looking for an accomplice who assisted Kevin Ray carry out a robbery and sexual assault in Bethesda, the second of three home invasions.
Ray was arrested in North Carolina Saturday after a four-day crime spree.
The 33-year-old convicted sex offender is locked up in Montgomery County where he is facing sex assault and robbery charges. He is due in court Tuesday afternoon.
At a joint news conference, police revealed troubling new details about the crimes he is accused of carrying out and how investigators eventually caught him.
When Ray began his crime spree in Wheaton last week, police say he was after credit cards, pin numbers and a car, robbing a woman with a baby at gunpoint.
By the very next day, police say his tactics had changed and with an accomplice, he restrained two people with zip ties and sexually assaulted the housekeeper at gunpoint.
And that's not all. He took credit cards and used them at ATMs in Bethesda and the District where his photo was taken and the hunt was on.
"Really, it was the speed in which we were able to get information from the banks," said Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger. "And the ATM withdrawals, the video and with the transactions that were made with the victim’s cards really is what led us to the suspect.”
Police had a name but they didn't know where he was. And then Friday morning, police say Ray struck again, raping a woman at gunpoint and tying up six people, including a seven-year-old, in a house on Berkley Street in Temple Hills.
What set him off?
"I don't know if I can answer that," said Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw. "To understand why he did these things, the things that occurred in all three of these are evil in my opinion.”
Before the news conference began, one of Ray's relatives told reporters she decided to attend to hear the facts for herself.
"This is an accusation right now, he's accused," said the woman who only identified herself as Miss Hatcher. "We have no power with the justice system playing out and justice being acted as it should be, but some injuries have been sustained, some other things, and I just need to know what you have. Is he guilty in this? What do you have for evidence that points it to him?"
Police searched a home on Dallas Drive in Temple Hills Saturday morning where they say Ray had been staying. Investigators found guns, wigs and masks inside.
Detectives are now trying to determine if Ray can possibly be connected to any other crimes.
Investigators believe Ray used Metro for transportation into the neighborhoods he targeted and then stole cars to get away.
Police released no information on Ray's accomplice in Bethesda other than to say they are looking for a second suspect.
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