Additional suspects captured in 2016 fatal shooting of Waldorf man
Two more suspects have been captured by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division in connection with a Jan. 12, 2016, fatal shooting on Terrace Drive in Waldorf that claimed the life of a male victim.
Christian Humberto Alvarez, 25, of Dale City, Va., and Bryan Javier Aquice, 24, of Arlington, Va., have been identified as the driver and the second gunman respectively that were allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of Michael Keith Beers, 34.
Last Monday, members of both the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, which included members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, arrested the accused driver Alvarez in Montgomery County, and on June 27 the second alleged shooter Aquice was arrested in
Arlington, Va. Aquice is currently incarcerated at the Arlington County Detention Center, pending extradition.
On April 14, 2016, police arrested and charged Reigel Paul Wamack, 23, with first-degree murder. The suspect was placed under arrest in his Fairfax, Va., apartment by members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service, according to authorities.
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 the slaying of Beers.
On Jan. 12, 2016, 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 the body of Beers in the house and began their investigation.
Based on police initial findings, investigators believed there was another man, 32, and two women, one aged 52 and Crandell, in the house at the time of the shooting.
Court records show that in the summer of 2015, Beers met Crandell, who works as an exotic dancer at Lust Gentlemen’s Club in Baltimore, and they dated a few times since then. Around 2 a.m. on the night of the shooting, Beers and his friend were awakened by Crandell 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.
Two hours later, around 4:20 a.m., two masked men barged into the home, displayed a handgun, and began repeatedly punching Beers’ 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 gunmen 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 gunmen 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 Beers’ dead body.
All four parties responsible for this crime are in custody according to a press release issued by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and other agencies worked closely together to capture the remaining suspect who was at large, according to the press release.