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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery With Member Of The Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact ELIZABETH MORSE

www.justice.gov/usao/md                                                     at (410) 209-4885

 

 

Baltimore, Maryland – David Kendall Rahim, age 41, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to one count of robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence stemming from a 2014 robbery of a Baltimore city couple.

 

The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning and Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.

 

Rahim’s  cousin, Detective Jemell Lamar Rayam, a member of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF,) a division of the Baltimore Police Department, and Thomas Robert Finnegan, age 38, of Easton, Pennsylvania, were also charged in the robbery. 

 

According to his plea agreement, on June 27, 2014, police officers with the Gun Trace Task Force, including Detective Rayam, executed a search and seizure warrant at a store that sold birdseed.  No illegal contraband or firearms were found at the location.  The storeowners, a married couple, had $20,000 in cash at the store that they intended to use to pay off tax liabilities they owed on two homes.

 

After the search, Rayam told Rahim and Finnegan about the money and agreed to rob the couple at their residence later that evening.  Using a law enforcement database, the GTTF detective located the home address of the victims. The defendants surveilled the house then Rahim and Finnegan were given tactical gear by Detective Rayam to impersonate the police when conducting the home invasion. Rayam remained outside in the vehicle so that he could intercept any police officers who responded to the home invasion by telling them that he was a BPD officer. Finnegan and Rahim entered the residence and robbed the victims at gunpoint of the $20,000. During the robbery, Finnegan pointed a gun at one of the victims and said to “sit still and be patient,” while Rahim looked on. Rahim, Finnegan, and Rayam split the proceeds.

 

Rayam has also pleaded guilty. Sentencing dates for both defendants have not yet been set.

 

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI for its work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leo J. Wise and Derek E. Hines, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.

 

 

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Updated November 9, 2017