ARLINGTON, Texas — Police say a man who sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint in an Arlington city park in 2019 had recorded the incident on his cell phone; detectives in Tyler, Texas, recently discovered during a separate narcotics investigation and subsequent arrest of the alleged suspect.
The sexual assault occurred on September 21, 2019, in the natural area at Crystal Canyon Park in the 1000 block of Brown Boulevard.
At the time, investigators shared a composite sketch and suspect details, including the suspect's possession of a red iPhone, to the public and entered information about the attack into the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) database — a national law enforcement database designed to track and correlate information on violent crimes.
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the Arlington Police Department was contacted by the Tyler Police Department, located in east Texas, with information on the case.
During a narcotics investigation, Tyler investigators discovered video of the sexual assault on a suspect's cell phone. Details of the attack seen in the video were entered into VICAP and matched details of the Crystal Canyon Park aggravated sexual assault.
"Investigators determined the footage depicted the crime after the suspect recorded the attack with his red iPhone," stated the Arlington Police Department.
The red iPhone, according to police, belonged to Jessie Dewayne Ray who was in custody at the Smith County Jail on weapons and narcotics charges in connection with the Tyler Police Department investigation.
Investigators determined Ray was the suspect, obtained a probable cause arrest warrant, and charged Ray with aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon.
Ray remains at the Smith County Jail awaiting extradition to Tarrant County on the Arlington charge.
In Smith County, Ray was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 greater than or equal to four grams and less than 200 grams, possession of marijuana greater than four ounces but less than or equal to five pounds, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 2 greater than or equal to four grams and less than 200 grams, possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 3 less than 28 grams, and unlawful possession of a firearm by felon. He is being held on bonds totaling $213,500 on the Smith County charges.
His bond in the Arlington case was set at $25,000.
Ray's criminal history in Smith County includes a 2017 conviction for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 3/4 greater than or equal to 28 grams and less than 200 grams to which he was sentenced to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for four years, assault causes bodily injury, theft of a firearm, theft of property, indecent exposure, and burglary of a vehicle.