Home invasion suspect arrested in North Carolina

January 14, 2012

A suspect in home invasion robberies last week in Bethesda, Wheaton and Temple Hills was arrested Saturday in North Carolina, authorities said.

Montgomery County police said Kevin Ray, 33, of Fort Washington was identified in the Bethesda and Wheaton incidents after authorities released a photo of the suspect using a stolen credit card. Numerous tips from the public helped detectives identify Ray and track him to Currituck County, N.C., authorities said.

The first home invasion took place Jan. 10 in Wheaton, when a robber approached a woman in the garage of her home around 10 a.m. and demanded money from her wallet, which the victim gave to him, according to police. The man demanded the woman’s debit card, personal identification number and car keys, according to authorities, and later used the stolen card. The victim was not injured, police said.

The second robbery occurred the next day in Bethesda when a man forced his way into a home on Bardon Road, police said. A housekeeper who arrived for work shortly before 7 a.m. encountered a man at the door when she went to move her car, authorities said.

The housekeeper was forced into the house at gunpoint, according to police, where she was tied up and sexually assaulted. The man also tied up the homeowner and the homeowner’s teenage son before stealing a debit card and the keys to the housekeeper’s vehicle, which he used to flee the scene, police said.

Prince George’s County police said Saturday night that they had obtained a warrant charging Ray in a Friday morning home invasion in Temple Hills. A woman was sexually assaulted by a man who forcibly entered her home with a handgun, a police spokesman said Saturday.

He described the Prince George’s incident as “very similar” to at least one of t he Montgomery County incidents.

However it was not immediately clear what led the Prince George’s authorities to obtain the warrant.

Capt. Paul Starks, spokesman for the Montgomery County Police, said Saturday that authorities think they arrested the “primary” person responsible for the crimes in Wheaton and Bethesda.

Starks said “someone may have helped him during the crime, or afterwards. That’s always something that’s possible, but we do believe we have the man involved in the two home invasions in Montgomery County.”

Ray remains in custody in Dare County, N.C., pending an extradition hearing, police said. He faces robbery, sexual assault and weapons charges in connection with the home invasion robberies in Montgomery County, authorities said.

Staff writer Frederick Kunkle contributed to this report.

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