DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police say a fight over money was likely what led a man to kill his parents using samurai swords.
Authorities say 39-year-old man Calvin Ray Jr. stabbed his parents to death at their DeKalb County home on Thursday afternoon.
A 39-year-old Decatur man was charged with stabbing his parents to death with samurai swords. Police said the suspect had a history of violence.
It happened at the home in the 3100 block of Pheasant Drive. Ray fled the scene in a family vehicle but was later arrested at Chapel Park. DeKalb Police chief Cedric Alexander said authorities have recovered the weapons allegedly used in the stabbing.
75-year-old Calvin Ray Sr. and 73-year-old Betty Ray both died on the scene.
11Alive has learned that Ray has a criminal record dating back to 1998 for two misdemeanors.
In 2007 he shot someone at a gas station on Columbia Woods Dr. and I-20. He fled to the home on Pheasant Drive and there was a standoff with police. He surrendered and was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released in December 2011.
More recently, according to a neighbor, Ray's actions appeared to threaten some of them. Neighbor Carol Ranseur said Ray came to her front door a few weeks ago with a samurai sword and banged repeatedly on the door. She talked to him through the door. She said Ray kept the sword down at his side.
She said he told her, "I'm the one who broke your car window! What are you going to do about it?"
Ranseur told 11Alive's Paul Crawley that her car window had been broken about a week before that incident.
"I knew who he was, but I said, 'I don't know who you are'," Ranseur said. "He said, 'I'm the devil,' and then he left."
Ranseur filed a police report regarding the incident, but police said she would be best served if she went to the DeKalb County Courthouse and filed a restraining order there.
Her brother-in-law went to the courthouse, but was told it was a matter of her word against Ray's, and as such, they would not be able to do anything about it.
"We tried to get help and everybody knew something like this was gonna happen before it was over with," she said.
Neighbors said they believe Ray vandalized several mailboxes in the area. A mail carrier, who asked to remain unidentified, said Ray had brandished a samurai sword at her one day and screamed, "Where the hell is my mail!?"
The mail carrier tried to report the incident to a postal service supervisor, but the supervisor refused to take the report.
Neighbors also said they had been told by Ray's now-slain parents that their son was bipolar, but refused to take his medication.