A Fort Washington man serving a life sentence for a violent attack at a Bethesda home last year was found guilty Thursday in another home invasion case.
Kevin Darnell Ray was on trial this week for a Wheaton home invasion in January, where he threatened to shoot a woman and her 8-month-old son, locked them in a closet and stole the woman’s car.
Ray was charged with first-degree burglary, armed carjacking, attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment, and related crimes. A jury convicted him on Thursday of 10 of 11 charges, acquitting him of an assault charge.
He faces 195 to 215 additional years in prison at his sentencing in December, according to prosecutors.
Montgomery County police arrested Ray in January 2012. Authorities in Prince George’s and Montgomery tied him to three home invasions — one in Bethesda, one in Wheaton, and in Temple Hills — over four days. He still faces charges in the Temple Hills case.
Ray remains the lead suspect in a murder investigation in D.C., according to police there.
Court records and prosecutors detailed a crime in Wheaton that began the morning of Jan. 10, when Ray accosted a woman as she walked into the garage of her home on McMahon Road.
“This is what she sees,” Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Feeney said in court Wednesday, holding up a mannequin with a black ski mask and glasses.
“He entered her garage with this and his handgun ... threatening to shoot her and her 8-month-old son,” Feeney said.
“He wanted her to get him what he loves ... cash,” he said, showing the jury a plastic bag filled with a wad of bills police recovered when they arrested Ray.
Ray’s plan was to have the woman drive to various ATMs and withdraw money using her debit card, Feeney said.
According to Feeney, Ray planned the attack with meticulous care, creating a kit with a ski mask, sunglasses and a wig. He also brought zip ties and a handgun, Feeney said.
After confronting her, gun in hand, Ray took her debit card and made her give him the keys to her car, a 2009 Ford Escape. When she did not get in the car with him, he locked the woman and the baby in a closet in her garage while he fled.
According to Feeney, Ray parked the car — which police later recovered — by one Metro station and took mass transit to the Capitol Heights Metro station. He used the woman’s debit card just minutes later, Feeney said.
Montgomery County detectives — part of the U.S. Marshals’ Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force — arrested Ray as he drove to a Walmart in Kitty Hawk, N.C. While investigating, police recovered many of the items he had either used or stolen in the Wheaton carjacking or the Bethesda home invasion — including his gun, the ski mask and a skull cap he used; the Wheaton victim’s sunglasses; and a jacket he wore in the robbery.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt in this case,” Feeney said, reminding jurors that Ray used the stolen cards less than an hour after the robbery. Feeney played calls Ray made in jail that further implicated himself.
Ray — who fired his public defender at the end of an earlier court case related to the January crimes — represented himself.
“I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I admit that,” he told jurors, even as he denied many of the charges against him.
“Just because someone is caught with stolen property doesn’t mean they committed the crime,” he said.