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The trial begins today for a Fort Washington man accused of assaulting a woman and her child and locking them in a closet in Wheaton and tying up a maid, homeowner and a teen in Bethesda just one day later.

Prosecutors say that at around 9 a.m. Jan. 10, 2012, Kevin Darnell Ray, now 34, threatened a Wheaton woman who had just entered her garage with her child. He brandished a handgun and stole the money out of her wallet, according to charging documents. At first, he demanded that she drive him to an ATM to withdraw money, but eventually locked her and her baby in a closet after she begged him not to take her baby, The Gazette earlier reported. Ray then fled in her 2009 Ford Escape, according to the original statement of charges against him.

Early the next morning he struck again, in Bethesda, according to the charging document.

Ray approached a maid leaving a house on Bardon Lane. He grabbed her, stuck a gun against her forehead, and then forced his way into the house where she had been working, the documents stated.

Ray tied up the homeowner, her teenage son, and the maid in a bedroom while he cased the house. He demanded cash and credit cards, along with the card’s PIN number. He told his victims that if the number did not work, he would kill them, the documents said.

He then took the maid to a bathroom and sexually assaulted her, before stealing her 2005 Ford Expedition and fleeing, according to the charging documents.

Video surveillance captured footage of Ray after he used the stolen cards, and an informant helped identify him from the pictures, the documents said.

Montgomery County detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Ray in North Carolina a week after the assaults took place.

After his arrest, Ray told police that he began the home invasions after his partner was killed while the pair robbed a drug dealer in D.C.

In March 2012, Ray was indicted with 25 counts of carjacking, false imprisonment, sexual assault, using a handgun in the commission of a crime, and other charges.

Ray, who served time in the late 90’s for manslaughter, also faces other robbery, burglary, assault and false imprisonment charges in a case filed in Prince George’s County last April.

If convicted of the charges in Montgomery County, he could receive several life sentences, or more than 400 years in prison.

sjbsmith@gazette.net