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Online predator "Internet Casanova" sighted in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – He’s called the "Internet Casanova." He’s accused of breaking hearts then stealing cash and valuables from dozens of women across five states. It now appears Utah is next.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – He’s called the "Internet Casanova." He’s accused of breaking hearts then stealing cash and valuables from dozens of women across five states. It now appears Utah is next.

ABC 4 Reporter Brian Carlson talked to one woman who claims she met the Internet Casanova Thursday in downtown Salt Lake City. At first she thought she was helping a guy down on his luck, but she quickly learned he was preying on her generosity.

"It was an awkward situation. I didn't know what exactly to say to him," said Sarah Berry, met the “Internet Casanova.”

Sarah Berry said she's lucky she's not a victim.

"He reached out to me asking if I could help him, help him find places to stay," said
Berry.

Thursday she met Ray Holycross, nicknamed the “Internet Casanova” - an accused scam artist whose victims said stole money and merchandise from more than 30 women in five states.

"He’s a good looking guy, very charismatic, charming,” said Berry. "His story is he's a director and that he works for PBS."

Berry said Holycross approached her online, convinced to her meet in person, and told her his sob story.

"He said that he'd been mugged, but conveniently he had no family to help him,” she said.

But she said something didn't add up.

"The more he talked the less I trusted him to the point where I went back to his profile on the internet and it had been deleted," she said.

Berry googled his name and found this website— rayholycross.com, made by victims detailing his elaborate scheme.

"What did he say when you confronted him about it?” Carlson asked.

“He told me his ex-girlfriend had stolen his identity and was ruining his life," said Berry.

But Berry didn't buy it; she told him to leave and refused to return his backpack he left at her house.

"There's some travel information in here, airplane tickets from Chicago to Seattle," she said.

So Carlson and Berry took a look inside.

"These are phone numbers of women he's met along the way from Portland,” she said.

“So these are potential victims?” Carlson asked.

“Yes," she said.

The bag had condoms, body spray, even evidence of his crimes.

"This right here is probably the most important piece; this is the pawn shop slip from the laptop that he stole from his recent ex-girlfriend. I have no idea why he still has this. What a stupid guy," said Berry.
Berry said she's glad she didn't fall for his tricks. But with Holycross likely still in Salt Lake, she warns any woman reading this story should do their homework on predators like the “Internet Casanova.”

"You should research them on the internet, which is what saved me, had I not googled his name I would have never have known these things and I'd probably be another one of his victims," Berry said.

To read stories on women who claim to be victims of the “Internet Casanova” click on the link embedded in this story.

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