Federal Grand Jury Indicts Baltimore Police Officers on Additional Robbery Charges


BALTIMORE – A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging three previously indicted Baltimore City police officers with additional robberies, officials said Thursday.

The superseding indictment charges the defendants with racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, robbery, extortion and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The superseding indictment was unsealed Thursday and charges the following defendants.

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Sgt. Wayne Earl Jenkins, 37, of Middle River
Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, 48, of Joppa
Detective Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, 30, of Glen Burnie

A federal grand jury also returned a separate indictment charging two additional defendants who are not police officers, but were posing as police officers, with robbing two Baltimore City residents and with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The indictment alleges that the two named defendants committed the robbery with a Baltimore City police officer. The second indictment was unsealed Thursday and charges the following defendants:

Thomas Robert Finnegan, 38, of Easton, Pennylvania
David Kendall Rahim, age 41, of Baltimore

Jenkins, Hersl, and Taylor had previously been ordered detained pending trial. Finnegan and Rahim had initial appearances in court Thursday.

The six-count superseding indictment alleges that Jenkins, Hersl and Taylor engaged in 13 robberies, extortion and time and attendance fraud. According to the superseding indictment, beginning in 2011, the defendants stole money, property and narcotics by detaining victims, entering residences, conducting traffic stops and swearing out false search warrant affidavits.

For example, as charged in the superseding indictment, in spring 2015, Jenkins allegedly stole at least 20 pounds of high-quality marijuana and at least $20,000 from two people conducting a drug sale at Belvedere Towers in Baltimore City. Jenkins is accused of having falsely told the buyer and seller that he was a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent, to conceal his identity, and that he was seizing the money and drugs and would make a decision about whether to charge them later.

Jenkins then drove Taylor and a co-defendant to a wooded area off Northern Parkway and gave them $5,000 each from the stolen money, according to the superseding indictment. After the incident, Jenkins went to a strip club in Baltimore County where he robbed a stripper.

Similarly, as charged in the superseding indictment, in summer 2016, Hersl stole money from the car of an arrestee. Hersl drove one of his co-defendants to the parking lot of a local high school, which was near the incident, and gave him a portion of the stolen money, the superseding indictment states. While Hersl and the co-defendant were splitting the stolen money, Jenkins broke into the arrestee’s storage unit and stole 2 kilograms of cocaine.

The superseding indictment alleges that in June 2016, Jenkins believed that a co-defendant owed him money, so Jenkins gave the co-defendant drugs and a firearm that had been seized in a law enforcement operation and told him to sell them. The co-defendant, along with another co-defendant, sold the firearm to a drug dealer, according to the superseding indictment.

The superseding indictment also alleges that the defendants committed systemic time and attendance fraud, including claiming overtime when they were at home and on vacation.

According to the superseding indictment, between spring 2011 and October 2016, the defendants allegedly conducted 13 separate robberies, taking over $280,000 in US currency, more than 2 kilograms of cocaine, other narcotics, a 9mm handgun, a $4,000 wristwatch, and other property.

The superseding indictment alleges that the defendants obstructed law enforcement by alerting each other about potential investigations of their criminal conduct, and turning off their body cameras to avoid recording encounters with civilians.

Robbery Indictment

Thomas Robert Finnegan and David Kendall Rahim were indicted on charges of conspiracy, robbery, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

BPD’s Gun Trace Task Force executed a search warrant June 27, 2014, on a store in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Baltimore City.

During the search, one of the police officers asked whether there was any large amounts of money in the store. The storeowner indicated that she had $20,000 in cash in her pocketbook that she was intending to use to pay off a tax liability, according to the indictment.

At that point, members of GTTF did not make arrests, nor seize anything from the property. Later that day, a member of the GTTF informed Finnegan and Rahim about the money and they agreed to set up a robbery at the home of the store owner, the indictment alleges.

Using a law enforcement database, the GTTF detective found the home address of the victims. The defendants surveilled the house, agreed to impersonate the police when conducting the home invasion, and were given tactical gear by the detective.

The GTTF detective remained outside in the vehicle so that he could intercept any police officers who responded to the home invasion by telling them he was a BPD officer. Finnegan and Rahim went into the home and robbed the victims at gunpoint of the $20,000, according to the indictment.


Four Baltimore City Police, who were previously indicted, have the following dates for rearraignments scheduled:

July 21: Detective Evodio Calles Hendrix, 32, of Randallstown
July 24: Detective Maurice Kilpatrick Ward, 36, of Middle River
Oct. 12: Detective Momodu Bondeva Kenton Gondo, 34, of Owings Mills
Nov. 9: Detective Jemell Lamar Rayam, 36, of Owings Mills

Gondo’s rearraignment has been scheduled in the RICO case and a separate drug trafficking conspiracy with non-BPD defendants, officials said.

Source: http://www.wbaltv.com