A California police officer already under investigation over claims that he sent hateful text messages is now facing criminal charges related to an alleged robbery that took place at a San Francisco bank last month.
According to Fox News, 44-year-old Rain Daugherty had been suspended from his position with the San Francisco Police Department related to an investigation of alleged behavior dating back to 2011.
He was one of nine cops caught up in the probe, which found that they engaged in sending and sharing homophobic or sexist texts. Each of the officers, including Daugherty, had sued the agency in an effort to reverse disciplinary action related to the investigation.
It was November 29 when police say he staged a robbery at the East West Bank.
“Calm down, just do it,” the teller reportedly recalled hearing him say.
Federal prosecutors say he produced a note announcing the robbery and made off with more than $9,000.
A teller present at the scene joined some of Daugherty’s colleagues on the force in identifying the suspect from surveillance footage of the robbery in progress.
Court reports indicate he was arrested in July on suspicion of stealing $13,000 from an elderly person and was free after pleading not guilty to that theft charge.
As SF Gate reported, he posted $100,000 bail after his plea in August related to a felony charge of theft from an elder adult and four misdemeanor counts possessing illegal drugs.
He was arrested on Tuesday and faces up to two decades behind bars if convicted of the latest counts.
[Featured image: Rain Daugherty, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office]