Two ar­rested in re­la­tion to sep­a­rate mur­ders

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

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.

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