Rain Daugherty (Courtesy San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)

Suspended SFPD officer pleads guilty to robbing two banks

A suspended police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing two banks in San Francisco, according to federal prosecutors.

Ofc. Rain Olson Daugherty, 44, admitted in federal court to robbing the banks in the Sunset and Richmond districts last November and December while on suspension for allegedly stealing from his elderly neighbor.

Daugherty was one of nine officers who sued the The City in 2015 to escape discipline after being caught sending racist and homophobic text messages during an FBI investigation into police misconduct.

The officers lost the lawsuit on appeal last May and the Police Commission has since moved forward with discipline against the few officers who remain with the San Francisco Police Department.

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On Nov. 29, Daugherty walked into an East West Bank on Irving Street slid the teller a note demanding cash. He walked out with some $9,050.

Two weeks later, Daugherty pulled the same stunt at a Cathay Bank on Clement Street in the Richmond. He made off with $1,450.

Daugherty pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery for each incident. He initially faced two counts of bank robbery for each incident, but prosecutors agreed to dismiss two of the counts under the plea deal.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 9 and faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Separately, Daugherty is facing criminal charges out of San Mateo County for allegedly stealing $24,000 from an elderly neighbor with dementia.

Police allegedly found illegal drugs when they searched his home.

Daugherty is facing four counts of possession of a controlled substance and felony theft from an elder charges.

He has been on unpaid status with the SFPD since San Mateo County prosecutors charged him July 24.

Daugherty pleaded not guilty to the state charges. The case is ongoing.
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