Ch­e­sa­peake Beach woman en­ters plea to drug deal as­sault

25-year-old is set to be sen­tenced

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecDANDAN

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.

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