The Phoenix Police Department, Peoria Police Department and FBI Phoenix Field Office are asking for the public’s help in seeking victims and information about a 20-year-old cold case.
According to a press release from Phoenix police spokesperson Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, the case involves an alleged sexual offender and homicide suspect Lance David Ray.
Ray, 53, was arrested in October in connection with three separate incidents in 2000 after DNAevidence linked him to the crimes.
In Peoria, it is alleged that Ray kidnapped a 14-year-old, held him at gunpoint and sexually assaulted him. In the first of the two Phoenix Incidents, the charges allege that Ray kidnapped, bound and sexually assaulted a 17-year-old at gunpoint. The other incident involved an 18-year-old manwho was shot and killed after a struggle, Fortune said.
Ray was arrested in Bloomington, Indiana, where he was visiting, but was extradited to Phoenix and booked into the Maricopa County Jail.
Ray also lived in the San Francisco, California area in the early 1990s before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1993. Ray resided in Oregon, Washington, and California until 1999, when Ray moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1999 to 2003. Ray then resided in California again from 2003 to 2017 before moving to St. Louis, Missouri, in 2017.
The investigation is ongoing, and it is believed that additional victims may exist, according to Fortune. If you believe you or someone you know may have information regarding Ray, email [email protected] or call 1-800-CALL-FBI.