Chesapeake Beach woman enters plea to drug deal assault
25-year-old is set to be sentenced
A Chesapeake Beach woman pleaded guilty to second-degree assault for a February incident where she reportedly robbed a man of his wal- let and phone during a drug deal at the Dunkirk Walmart.
Megan Marie Wetklow, 25, was indicted with several charges, including armed robbery, robbery, theft and as- sault. On Monday, Wetklow entered an Alford plea to second-degree assault, meaning she acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her but does not admit guilt. As part of the plea deal, all other charges filed against her will be dismissed.
Patrol units were dispatched to the Walmart on Town Center Boulevard for an armed robbery call at 6:36 p.m. Feb. 27, where Det. Justin Livingston met with the victim, Dallas Helford, charging documents state.
Helford told Livingston he and his friend went to Walmart to purchase marijuana from Wetklow. Once Wetklow got into the his car, she reportedly immediately asked, “Where is the money?” and when Helford asked to see the marijuana first, Wetklow allegedly said, “I have a Taser and a gun, give me your money,” the documents state.
Helford then put his vehicle in reverse in an attempt to drive to where a group of people were gathered in the parking lot. Wetklow reportedly put the vehicle in park, got out and fled the area in another car. Prior to exiting, she allegedly took the victim’s wallet, which contained $100, and his cellphone. According to the police report, several people witnessed the robbery and contacted authorities.
Helford later found his phone through GPS tracking off Summer City Boulevard in Chesapeake Beach, a location close to where Wetklow’s parents live.
Calvert Assistant State’s Attorney Kyle Tores said in court Monday that Snapchat messages showed Wetklow was the one who was trying to buy marijuana from Helford, not the other way around.
Detectives said they talked to Wetklow at her parents’ home in Chesapeake Beach later in the evening, the documents detail. She told police that she was getting ready to purchase marijuana from Helford before he saw somebody in her car who he thought was going to rob him. She said he put the vehicle in reverse, prompting her to grab his cellphone and get out of the car. She reportedly denied having a weapon of any sort.
Wetklow told authorities that a woman she was with in her car wanted to rob Helford, but she wanted to purchase her marijuana first. Wetklow indicated she gave the cellphone to the woman, who denied having any involvement with the robbery when interviewed by the police.
Wetklow’s sentencing is set for Dec. 3 in circuit court. The second-degree assault charge carries up to 10 years in jail or a $2,500 fine, or both.