Mur­der sus­pect ar­rested in Vir­ginia

Sec­ond sus­pect ar­rested in Jan­uary Ter­race Drive shoot­ing

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Po­lice ar­rested one of the sus­pected gun­men al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for the Jan. 12 fa­tal shoot­ing on Ter­race Drive in Wal­dorf Thurs­day night. A few days prior, a woman ac­cused of set­ting up the at­tempted rob­bery was also ap­pre­hended.

Charged with first-de­gree mur­der, Reigel Paul Wa­mack, 23, was ar­rested April 14 in his Fairfax, Va., apart­ment by mem­bers of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. He is be­ing held in Vir­ginia pend­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Charles County.

Wa­mack’s ap­pre­hen­sion came three days af­ter the ar­rest of Rena Cas­san­dra Cran­dell, 23, of Halethorpe, who in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve

helped stage the at­tempted rob­bery which led to slay­ing of Michael Keith Beers, 34, of Wal­dorf.

On Jan. 12, Beers was tar­geted by two masked gun­men who barged into the home, de­manded money, and then shot the vic­tim mul­ti­ple times in the head, chest, hip and hand, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Around 4:23 a.m. Jan. 12, 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, one aged 52 and 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.

Af­ter months of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, more de­tails have be­come avail­able.

Wit­nesses told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Beers “makes a lot of money as a self-em­ployed gam­bling ‘bookie,’” ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

“[He] wears ex­pen­sive clothes, drives a Mercedes Benz, and he en­joys spend­ing his money on dancers at the clubs [in Bal­ti­more,]” a wit­ness told de­tec­tives.

In the sum­mer of 2015, Beers met Cran­dell, who works as an ex­otic dancer at Lust Gen­tle­men’s Club in Bal­ti­more, and dated a few times since then, court records show. Around 2 a.m. on the night of the shoot­ing, Beers and his friend were awak­ened by Cran­dell who was throw­ing rocks at the win­dow.

Cran­dell later told de­tec­tives that she went into the bed­room with Beers and “drank some liquor and had sex with ... Beers, then fell asleep on his chest,” po­lice records state.

About two hours later, around 4:20 a.m., two masked men barged into the home, dis­played a hand­gun, and be­gan re­peat­edly punch­ing Beer’s friend in the face, ask­ing “Where’s Mike?” a wit­ness told po­lice.

The gun­men told the friend to walk to­ward the rear bed­room where Beers was sleep­ing with Cran­dell.

The men con­fronted Beers at gun­point, and Cran­dell, who was dressed in un­der­gar­ments, left the room with­out re­sis­tance from the two gun­men, court records show. When Beers de­nied hav­ing any cash, one of the gun­man shot him once, prompt­ing Beers and his friend to charge the sus­pects and be­gin fight­ing. One of the gun­men’s masks came off, re­veal­ing his face, but wit­nesses said they did not rec­og­nize him. He was de­scribed as a white male with brown hair.

How­ever, they were not able to dis­arm the gun­men, so the friend jumped out of a win­dow to avoid be­ing shot. As he ran to­ward a neigh­bor’s house to ask for help he heard sev­eral gun­shots ring out.

The friend “be­lieves ... Cran­dell set-up … Beers to get robbed be­cause she showed up at the house unan­nounced at [2 a.m.], then she dis­ap­peared right af­ter the two masked sus­pects in­vaded the house,” charg­ing doc­u­ments state.

Af­ter po­lice ar­rived around 4:28 a.m., they dis­cov­ered Beer’s dead body.

Mem­bers of the CCSO Foren­sic Sci­ence Unit ar­rived on the scene and re­cov­ered ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing sev­eral spent .45 cal­iber shell cas­ings and Cran­dell’s purse which had her driver’s li­cense and cell phone in­side. De­tec­tives later dis­cov­ered that Cran­dell had been in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion in a three-way text mes­sage con­ver­sa­tion for the two hours and 20 min­utes lead­ing up to the at­tempted rob­bery, court records in­di­cate. One of the con­tacts was saved in her phone as “REIGEL.”

Af­ter re­view­ing cell phone records, de­tec­tives be­lieve Wa­mack, and pos­si­bly an ac­com­plice, drove Cran­dell to Beers’ res­i­dence on Ter­rence Drive, and then back to Wa­mack’s apart­ment in Fairfax, court records show. In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­vel­oped Cran­dell as a pos­si­ble ac­com­plice al­most im­me­di­ately based on her in­con­sis­tent state­ments and ac­tions fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

When in­ves­ti­gat­ing Wa­mack as a sus­pect, de­tec­tives found sev­eral pic­tures of a .45 cal­iber hand­gun, which is con­sis­tent with the shell cas­ings found at the scene and the de­scrip­tion of the weapon given by wit­nesses, Det. C. Shankster wrote in his re­port.

Based on ev­i­dence gath­ered by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, Wa­mack was ar­rested on a war­rant, au­thor­i­ties re­port.

The other gun­man re­mains at large.

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