Guilty plea in attempted $2 million Pr. George's armored truck robbery
Toumani Touray Thomas pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt to firing a rifle and attempting to rob an armored truck containing more than $2 million in cash on Oct. 16.
Thomas, 33, of the District, eventually holed up in a Beltsville house and was shot in the stomach by police during the incident that also involved a chase. After his arrest, Thomas said he was high on PCP, police had said.
He faces a mandatory 10-year prison sentence and as many as 20 years, according to court filings. Sentencing is set for September.
In his plea, Thomas said he first tried to open the driver's door to a Dunbar armored truck when one of its crew was inside Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park making a pickup. When the crew member returned, he ordered Thomas away, but Thomas followed the crew to a stop on Powder Mill Road near the intersection with Cherry Hill Road in Prince George’s County.
There, Thomas stepped out of his car, retrieved a rifle from inside and fired into the rear of the armored truck. The crew attempted to drive away, but Thomas followed them, the plea agreement states, and opened fire, fleeing when police arrived.
Thomas eventually entered a private home in Beltsville, whose occupants fled. He was shot by police when he tried to run from the house with the rifle.
Officers who took part in the pursuit and arrest of Thomas were among those honored by Prince George's in Aprilat an annual valor awards ceremony.
-- Mary Pat Flaherty
Mary Pat Flaherty
May 20, 2010; 4:58 PM ET
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