Ad­di­tional sus­pects cap­tured in 2016 fa­tal shoot­ing of Wal­dorf man

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By CERONE WHITE cwhite@somd­news.com

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.

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