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Man arrested for Valley cold case homicide, kidnappings

Posted at 3:16 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 13:50:14-05

PHOENIX — A man has been arrested in connection to a cold case homicide that happened in Phoenix along with several kidnappings.

Phoenix police say 53-year-old Lance Ray is accused of shooting and killing an 18-year-old male in 2000 after a struggle between the two.

On Tuesday, Phoenix police officials provided an update on this cold case. Watch in the player below.

The victim was found shot and killed in a field near 36th Street and McDowell Road.

Ray is also accused of kidnapping at gunpoint and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Peoria along with kidnapping at gunpoint and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old in Phoenix. All three incidents took place in 2000.

In 2020, police say DNA evidence Linked Ray to those crimes. He was arrested in Indiana where he was visiting in October of 2020.

Police say he has since been extradited to Phoenix and has been booked into the MCSO jail.

Police say there may be additional victims that were sexually assaulted and or held against their will by Ray.

Police released the following information on Ray’s whereabouts over the years, to try to help notify any other potential victims:

“Ray 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.”

Police say if you or anyone you know may have information regarding Lance David Ray, to email ReportRay@fbi.gov or call 1-800-CALL-FBI.