N.Va. Stabbing Tied to Killings In Richmond

Suspect Ray J. Dandridge, 28, is escorted to an arraignment in Richmond.
Suspect Ray J. Dandridge, 28, is escorted to an arraignment in Richmond. (By Mark Gormus -- Richmond Times Dispatch Via Associated Press)
By Jamie Stockwell and Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A 25-year-old Arlington County man's throat was slit as he arrived home on New Year's Eve, and police have now connected the attack to the slayings of two families in Richmond that began the next day, law enforcement sources said yesterday.

The Arlington man survived the stabbing outside the home he shared with his parents on North 25th Street but was so severely injured that he has been unable to talk to police, the sources said. Investigators linked the incident to the Richmond slayings shortly after Ricky J. Gray and Ray J. Dandridge, both 28, were arrested Saturday in Philadelphia.

Gray and Dandridge, who attended high schools in Arlington in the early 1990s, were arraigned yesterday on charges of killing seven people in their Richmond homes, including two children, during a rampage. They have not been charged with the Dec. 31 stabbing in Arlington, which neighbors said caused the man's father to run outside with a baseball bat after his son collapsed. The attackers had fled.

Now, authorities in multiple states are trying to determine whether other people were slain in the crime spree. The two men have a long criminal history, and court records show they committed a series of robberies in Alexandria and elsewhere in the Washington area, including a 1995 holdup of two college students in Georgetown.

"We are working with a lot of police departments on the East Coast to see if they have any other facts that fit this scenario," Richmond Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe said yesterday. "We've had some departments call us," including police in Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland, he said.

Among the cases in which Gray and Dandridge are suspected is the killing of Gray's wife, Treva. Her body was found Nov. 5 in a parking lot in Washington, Pa., outside Pittsburgh, where the couple had lived for several months, Washington Police Chief John Haddad said.

"Mr. Gray was always a person of interest in this case. He's obviously a person of more interest now, along with Dandridge," said Haddad, who added that Gray was questioned several times by police and admitted to tension with his wife.

Meanwhile, authorities from Culpeper, Va., will meet with Richmond police today to explore any possible connections between the Richmond killings and the Dec. 18 slaying of Sheryl Warner, Culpeper County Sheriff H. Lee Hart said. Her body was found in her home, which had been set on fire.

Police in the District have not eliminated the possibility that Gray and Dandridge were involved in the slaying of retired New York Times journalist David E. Rosenbaum, even though the Richmond and Arlington victims all were stabbed. Rosenbaum was beaten and robbed as he walked on a sidewalk Friday night in Northwest Washington. Gray and Dandridge were arrested in Philadelphia the next morning.

Capt. C.V. Morris said the Richmond slayings are "not a focus of [the Rosenbaum] investigation at this time" but added, "We're not going to rule that out totally."

The home of the Harvey family in Richmond was set on fire New Year's Day, when the family was slain. Bryan Harvey, 49, his wife, Kathryn, 39, and their daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4, were bound and their throats were cut, police said.

The Harveys were well-known in Richmond for their music and business activities. Bryan Harvey played guitar and sang in several bands, including the House of Freaks, which released five albums in the 1980s and 1990s. Kathryn Harvey was the half sister of actor Steven Culp, who played Rex Van De Kamp on the television series "Desperate Housewives."

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