GREENBELT, Md. (May 31, 2016)—Abdelrahim Ayyad, a/k/a Sahid, age 50, of White Plains, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to: an armed robbery conspiracy; two armed commercial robberies; and to using and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Ayyad was originally scheduled to go to trial today on those charges, but instead pleaded guilty to the superseding indictment.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron.
According to court documents, in June 2014, Ayyad conspired with Furman Troy, Darrell Lee and Michael Burgess, to rob commercial businesses in St. Mary's County, Maryland. For example, on June 18, 2014, Ayyad admitted that he drove to Washington, D.C. and picked up Troy, Lee and Burgess and drove them to a jewelry store in Charlotte Hall, Maryland in order to commit a robbery. Ayyad handed Troy a bag containing a gun. Troy and Lee entered the store and Lee brandished a firearm at the owner of the store. Troy subsequently bound the victim with duct tape. The robbers then demanded the key to the jewelry counter from an employee of the store and stole jewelry worth more than $8,800, cash, a laptop computer and other items. On June 22, 2014, Ayyad and Burgess drove to a pharmacy in Mechanicsville, Maryland, with Troy and Lee following in another vehicle. Ayyad and Burgess waited in their vehicle while Troy and Lee robbed the pharmacy. During the robbery Lee again brandished a gun and Troy bound the pharmacy employee with duct tape. According to their plea agreements, Troy and Lee stole cash and prescription bottles containing oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone and endocet, valued at $8,897.
U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel has scheduled sentencing for Ayyad on September 12, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Furman Troy, age 45, and Darrell Lee, age 48, both of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, and Michael Burgess, age 54, of Alexandria, Virginia, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the robberies. Furman was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Lee and Burgess are awaiting sentencing
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office for their work in the investigation and recognized the St. Mary's County State's Attorney's Office for its assistance in the case. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Leah J. Bressack and Thomas P. Windom, who are prosecuted the case.