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Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division have arrested two additional suspects in connection with a homicide that occurred on January 12, 2016. On that date, two men entered a house in the 11500 block of Terrace Drive in Waldorf. They displayed guns, demanded money and then shot and killed a resident, Michael Keith Beers, 34; his acquaintance, a 32-year-old male, was able to escape by jumping out a window. A female, Rena Cassandra Crandell, who was inside the house during the home invasion, fled with the two gunmen to a waiting vehicle. Investigation revealed Crandell, who was dating both victim Michael Keith Beers and one of the gunmen, identified as Reigel Paul Wamack, set up the robbery that lead to the shooting homicide of Michael Beers. In April of 2016, accused Crandell and Wamack were arrested.
Further investigation revealed the identity of the driver as Christian Humberto Alvarez, 25, of Dale City, VA, as well as the identity of the second gunman as Bryan Javier Aquice, 24, of Arlington, VA. On June 26, 2017, members of the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes members of the CCSO, arrested the driver/accused Alvarez in Montgomery County, Maryland. On June 27, 2017, the second shooter/accused Aquice was arrested in Arlington, Virginia. Aquice is currently incarcerated at the Arlington County Detention Center, pending extradition.
As of June 27, 2017, all four parties responsible for this crime are in custody. This case was closed successfully due to the hard work, dedication, and cooperation by the CCSO Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics Enforcement Section, Forensic Science Unit, Police Communications, Crime Analysts, Southern Maryland Information Center, Charles County Detention Center staff, Warrants Unit, U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, and Investigators from Baltimore County Police, Anne Arundel County Police, Fairfax County Police, Prince William County Police, Arlington County Police Department, ATF, DEA, Laurel Police Department, and the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visitwww.ccso.us.