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Arrest Report

On February 21, 2020, the Cumberland Police served an Arrest Warrant and Body Attachment on Christian Liller, age 39 of Cumberland. The Arrest Warrant stemmed from Liller failing to appear in Circuit Court on January 14, 2020, for the charge of harassment. The Body Attachment from Circuit Court stemmed from Allegany County Child Support. Liller was held without bond on the Circuit Court Warrant, and on $100 bond for the Body Attachment.

On February 21, 2020, the Cumberland Police Served Arrest Warrants on Aryssa Beasom, age 18, and William Thorne IV, age 19, both of Cumberland. Both Warrants stem from a July 1, 2019 theft investigation where Beasom and Throne were identified as suspects. Subsequent video and positive identification by the victim lead to the investigators applying for charges in District Court. Consequently, Arrest Warrants were issued for both Beasom and Thorne charging them both with theft $100 to $1500. They were later provided their Initial Appearance Hearings and both were released on their own recognizance.

On February 22, 2020, 4:58 pm, Cumberland Police were dispatched to Queen City pavement for a fight in progress. When officers arrived, the fight had already dispersed. Officers began investigating the incident and contacted, Brandon Thomas, age 25, of Cumberland, Maryland. Thomas was advised to leave the area due to being a part of the incident. Thomas refused to leave and continued to create a disturbance in the area. Subsequently, Thomas was placed under arrest. Following his arrest, Thomas became combative and assaulted an officer. There were no serious injuries to the officer. Thomas was charged with failing to obey, disorderly conduct, and second-degree assault. Thomas was transported to the Allegany County Detention Center to await his Initial Appearance in District Court.

The Cumberland Police are seeking information related to a burglary that occurred in the 400 block of Grand Avenue on February 21, 2020. Officers investigating the incident believe that person/persons unknown forcefully entered the residence at approximately 7:00 pm. Offices further learned that during the burglary a firearm related items and electronics were stolen. Anyone with information regarding this case or any others is asked to contact the Cumberland Police at 301-777-1600 or Allegany-Mineral County Crime Solvers at 1-877-722-4307.

On February 23, 2020, the Cumberland Police were dispatched to Gulf Memorial Drive for a burglary and disturbance. When officers arrived they learned that, Gary Smith, age 41 of Cumberland, Maryland, had forced his way into a building and created a disturbance. They further learned that Smith had twice earlier been advised that he was not allowed on the property. Smith also had created a large scene during the incident disturbing multiple residents in the area. Subsequently, Smith was placed under arrest and charged with trespassing, burglary fourth degree, intoxicated disorderly, and disturbing the peace. Smith was later taken to the Allegany County Detention Center to await his Initial Appearance.

FROSTBURG- One person was seriously injured Friday evening, in a single vehicle, rollover crash on I-68 westbound west of exit 34, according to emergency services personnel.

"A female occupant was transported by Maryland State Police Aviation to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown in serious condition after she was ejected from the vehicle she was riding in," Lt. Todd Bowman, public information officer for the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services said.

The crash was reported to the Allegany County Joint Communications Center just before 9 p.m. East and westbound lanes of I-68 were closed for a period time.

"Based off early information from the scene and confirmed when Troopers with the Maryland State Police arrived, an EMS Strike Team was dispatched," Bowman said. "This allowed for our Joint Communications to dispatch the appropriate resources, in this case transport units (ambulances) to the scene."

Five additional patients were transport from the scene to UPMC Western Maryland in Cumberland by various ground units.

Units from Frostburg, Shaft and Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire Departments, along with ambulances from Allegany County Department of Emergency Services, Mt. Savage, Cresaptown and George's Creek responded to the incident.

"With the depletion of resources due to the incident, transfer units, both fire and EMS were dispatched to standby until the primary units were back in service," Bowman said.

The Cumberland Police Department served an arrest warrant on Akhary Tiere Williams for assault. The warrant was issued by District Court in reference to an incident that took place back on December 7th, 2019 in the Spring Street area. On that date, police responded to the area for the report of three males that were confronted in the alley by Williams and another male with a handgun. When officers arrived, one of the males stated a handgun as displayed and his brother was struck in the neck by Williams with a closed fist. Both Williams and the other male had already fled the area by the time police arrived. Williams was taken before the District Court Commissioner and was held without bond until he can be seen by a District Court Judge.

Akhary Tiere Williams, age; 19, Cumberland, Maryland.

Assault Arrest

On Thursday, February 20th, 2020 the Cumberland Police Department arrested and charged Andrew J Whetzel Jr. for assault when Officers were dispatched to a Virginia Avenue residence for a domestic disturbance. Upon officers arriving, contact was made with a female victim that stated that Whetzel shoved her during an argument. When questioned by police, Whetzel became very aggravated so ensure the female victim’s safety, he was arrested. He was taken before the District Court Commissioner and was released on his own personal recognizance pending trial.

Andrew Jackson Whetzel Jr, age; 25, Frostburg, Maryland.
Pedophile Charges
Craig A. Robertson

On 02/19/2020, 21 year old Matthew Ivan Murphy, of Cumberland, was arrested and charged by the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I), after surrendering himself after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

​The charges result from incidents first reported to the Allegany County Sheriff's Office. The C3I Unit was contacted and a joint investigation into the allegations was conducted.

​The investigation revealed that Murphy had made contact on line with four different female victims, ranging from pre-teen to young teen in age. The victims were from both West Virginia and Maryland.

​Murphy both sent to, and requested and received nude photos from the victims.

​Murphy has been charged with Possession of Child Porn, Soliciting Child Porn, and Indecent Exposure. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and has been released on $25,000.00 unsecured bond, pending his next court appearance.
Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

On 02/17/2020 41 year old Karl Andrew Brubaker, of Cumberland, was arrested by the Allegany County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding warrant obtained by the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I). The charges stem from a complaint first filed with the Cumberland Police, and after a joint investigation with C3I.

The case involves incidents of inappropriate sexual contact that started in 2011 with a then 15 year old female victim, and again in 2013 with another female victim, who also was 15 years of age at that time. The inappropriate behavior continued for several years with both victims.

As a result of the investigation, Investigators obtained a warrant charging Brubaker with two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and numerous other related charges.

Brubaker posted bond, and is currently free pending his next court appearance.