Two arrested in relation to separate murders
Two suspected murder accomplices were recently arrested for their involvement in the two unrelated crimes.
Police believe that Rena Cassandra Crandell, 23, of Halethorpe allegedly helped stage a robbery in January that led to the fatal shooting of Michael Keith Beers, 34, of Waldorf, according to court records. Charged with first-degree murder and several other charges, she was arrested and is being held without bond after a bail review Monday. She has also been charged with attempted first-degree escape for
an incident Sunday, according to court records.
On Jan. 12, Beers was targeted by two masked gunmen who barged into the home, demanded money, and then shot the victim multiple times.
Around 4:23 a.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 11500 block of Terrace Drive for the report of a possible shooting.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered his body in the house and began their investigation.
Based on their initial findings, investigators believe there was another man, 32, and two women, ages 52 and one in her 20s, Crandell,
in the house at the time of the shooting.
The other man in the home was assaulted, but was able to jump out of a window and escape to safety.
The Forensic Science Unit arrived on the scene, gathered evidence, and detectives began developing leads, according to Diane Richardson, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
“This house was targeted; the people inside were targeted,” Richardson told the Maryland Independent in January. “This was not a random act.”
In an unrelated case, an alleged accomplice of a March 23 murder was indicted on Friday in connection to a double-shooting that left one teen dead. Witnesses told police that after a verbal altercation, Rashaad Jovonni Brawner, 20, of Waldorf, charged with second-degree murder, entered the driver seat of a black four-door passenger car when an unknown black male, seated in the front passenger seat, began shooting at the group of victims before Brawner drove off, court records show.
Thomas Elijah-Isaih Tibbs, 19, of Waldorf, was shot twice, once in his chest, and once in his arm, while the other victim was hit in his buttocks. Tibbs was taken by helicopter to Medstar Washington Hospital Center where he died from his injuries.
Brawner was arrested on March 28 and is currently in custody, held on $500,000 bond, according to court records.