Three Baltimore officers charged with racketeering indicted on additional charges

Three Baltimore officers charged with racketeering indicted on additional robbery charges

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging three previously charged Baltimore City police officers with additional robberies. The officers were previously indicted on racketeering charges in March 2017.

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

  • Sergeant Wayne Earl Jenkins, age 37, of Middle River, Maryland
  • Detective Daniel Thomas Hersl, age 48, of Joppa, Maryland
  • Detective Marcus Roosevelt Taylor, age 30, of Glen Burnie, Maryland

The indictment also charges two civilians who were posing as police officers to rob Baltimore residents. The indictment alleges that the two named defendants, Thomas Robert Finnegan, 38, and David Kendall Rahim, 41, committed the robbery with a Baltimore City police officer.

According to the indictment, Jenkins, Hersl and Taylor engaged in 13 robberies beginning in 2011. In spring 2015, “Jenkins stole at least 20 pounds of high-quality marijuana and at least $20,000 from two individuals who were conducting a drug sale at Belvedere Towers in Baltimore City.” Jenkins falsely told the buyer and seller that he was a Drug Enforcement Agent (DEA) and that “he was seizing the money and drugs and would make a decision about whether to charge them later,” the indictment says.

Jenkins then drove Taylor and the co-defendant to a wooded area off of Northern Parkway and gave them each $5,000, the indictment says. Jenkins then went to a strip club in Baltimore County and robbed a stripper, it says.

The indictment also says in 2016, Jenkins learned "from sources within the BPD and from an assistant State's Attorney, that he and members of the Gun Trace Task Force were under investigation by federal law enforcement." While detained in Howard County, Jenkins told defendants to "keep their mouths shut" and "stick to the story," referring to videos that he and the other defendants had created to obstruct justice, the indictment says. Taylor and Hersl agreed.

Jenkins, Hersl and Taylor had previously been ordered to remain detained until their trial. Finnegan and Rahim will have their court appearances on Thursday.

Read the indictment in its entirety here:

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