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Baltimore, Maryland – Thomas Robert Finnegan, age 38, of Easton, Pennsylvania, 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 home invasion 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.
David Kendall Rahim and Rahim’s cousin, Detective Jemell Lamar Rayam, were also charged in the robbery. Rayam was a member of the Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF,) a division of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).
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 and pigeons. 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 Finnegan and Rahim 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 Rayam gave Finnegan and Rahim BPD tactical gear to impersonate the police during 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.
Finnegan faces up to 20 years in prison for the robbery charge and up to life in prison for the firearm charge. Rayam and Rahim have also pleaded guilty. Sentencing for Rahim has been set for March 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and sentencing for Finnegan has been set for March 9, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI for its work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Derek E. Hines and Leo J. Wise, who are prosecuting this Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case.