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LPL Network Firm Employee Could Face Death Penalty in Double Murder Case

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What You Need to Know

  • Ramy Fahim, an employee of LPL-affiliated Pence Wealth Management in California, was charged with special circumstances murders.
  • The victims were a co-worker of Fahim's and his roommate.
  • The special circumstances — lying in wait and multiple murders — make Fahim eligible for the death penalty, according to the DA.

The employee at LPL Network RIA firm Pence Wealth Management who was arrested last week as a suspect in a double homicide has been charged with special circumstances murders for allegedly stabbing his co-worker and the co-worker’s roommate to death in their Anaheim apartment, according to Todd Spitzer, Orange County, California district attorney.

The “special circumstances of lying in wait and multiple murders” make Ramy Hany Mounir Fahim, 26, of Irvine, California, “eligible for the death penalty,” according to Spitzer.

Fahim was charged with two counts of murder and two enhancements each of lying in wait, multiple murders and the personal use of a deadly weapon, Spitzer said in a news release late Friday.

Fahim is accused of stabbing his Pence co-worker, Griffin Cuomo, 23, to death and then stabbing Cuomo’s roommate, Jonathan Bahm, 23, to death in their Katella Avenue apartment in Anaheim at around 6:30 a.m. on April 19.

Fahim is being held without bail at the Intake Release Center, according to Spitzer.

He is scheduled to be arraigned May 6 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton, California.

A building security guard encountered Fahim on the roof of the victims’ apartment complex around midnight on April 18, only hours before the killings, according to Spitzer. Fahim was also seen on the same floor of the victims’ apartment the morning of the killings.

Fahim was still inside the victims’ apartment and “suffering from a minor injury” when Anaheim police responded to the 911 call, the Anaheim Police Department said April 20 in a news release.

He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was then “interviewed by homicide detectives who ultimately placed Fahim under arrest for the murder of the two victims,” APD said, adding: “A knife believed to be used in the murders was also located at the crime scene” and Fahim’s vehicle was located nearby and seized by APD as evidence.

Fahim was arraigned Friday in Orange County Superior Central Court in Santa Ana.

“These young men were just starting to live out their dreams and find their places in the world. But an intruder who stalked them and then slashed them to death in their own home interrupted those dreams,” according to Spitzer. “The callous way that two young lives were ended cannot be ignored and we will do everything we can to ensure justice is served,” he said in a statement.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff Moore of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Cuomo served as a marketing/media assistant for Pence, according to the firm’s website.

Fahim served as a research associate at Pence, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to those impacted during this difficult time,” an LPL spokesperson told ThinkAdvisor on Friday.

Pence Wealth Management did not respond to requests for comment.

(Photo of Ramy Fahim: Anaheim Police Department)