UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s Office Obtain Arrest Warrant for Murder Suspect

November 13, 2012

Joshua Terrell Mebane, 17, of Waldorf

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Nov. 13 in a 4:30 press conference, Charles County Sheriff’s Office announced to the media that they had arrested, Joshua Terrell Mebane, 17, as a suspect in the Nov. 7 death of a taxicab driver in D.C. Mebane is also being charged in the death of a Waldorf woman, Teresa Bass, last month on Oct. 26.

Mebane was charged with first degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Bass, who was shot while walking the family dog bike path in Waldorf. Bass’ husband was with her at the time of the shooting and was critically injured during the attack.
The arrest was the result of a joint investigation involving Charles County Sheriff and Metropolitan Police. The agencies shared ballistic and other information as part the joint investigation.

According to authorities, there was no robbery or other motive apparent leading them to charge Mebane with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
“We are all committed to safety. Just know this: We are confident we have the guy and he is in custody,” said Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey.

Official Press Release: Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said detectives have obtained an arrest warrant charging Joshua Terrell Mebane, 17, of Waldorf, in connection with the Oct. 26 shooting death of Teresa Bass, 40, and the wounding of her husband, 43, that occurred in the Hampshire neighborhood of Waldorf.

On Nov. 9, law enforcement authorities received information that Mebane was involved in a homicide in Washington, D.C. and was possibly connected to the shooting in Waldorf. Investigators from the Charles Coutny Sheriff’s Office and the Metropolitan Police Department conducted an investigation and Mebane was arrested later that night and charged in connection with the homicide in the district. Investigators from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office continued with the investigation and subsequently served a search warrant at Mebane’s home where evidence was recovered linking Mebane to the shooting in Hampshire.

On Nov. 13, detectives from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant charging Mebane with first-degree murder and attempted murder. Mebane is currently being held in jail in Washington, D.C.

Detectives are continuing to work on establishing a motive. Additional information will be provided once investigators complete their investigation and review the case with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

UPDATE: OCT. 29
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into the double shooting that occurred in the Hampshire neighborhood of Waldorf on October 26. The victim has been identified as Teresa Ann Bass, 40, of Waldorf. Her husband, whose name will not be released, remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The reward in the case has tripled and now stands at $15,000.
Immediately after the shooting, Sheriff Rex Coffey authorized an increase in the reward in the hopes that someone would call with information. Today, the St. Charles Companies, working in coordination with the Hampshire Neighborhood Association and its management agent, Property Management Enterprises, offered to contribute $10,000 toward the reward.

Since the shooting, detectives have been pursuing leads and are working to establish a motive. Patrol officers have remained a constant presence in the area. Over the weekend, sheriff’s officers stopped all cars entering and leaving the neighborhood and passed out flyers seeking information about the case.

“Anyone who knows our agency knows we will leave no stone unturned and will pursue every investigative lead to identify the suspect. We hope the increase in the reward will generate tips and we strongly encourage anyone with information to call our detectives or the Crime Solvers line. Callers can remain anonymous,” said Sheriff Coffey.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the CCSO at (301) 932-2222. Callers who do not want to give their name should call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip.

Woman Killed, Man Seriously Injured While Walking Dog Behind Westlake High School

UPDATE: OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double shooting in Waldorf that left one person dead and another person seriously injured. Sheriff Rex Coffey has authorized an increased reward in the case with the hopes that someone will come forward with information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

On October 26 at approximately 6:45 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a foot path between Hampshire Circle and Westlake High School after hearing gunshots in the area – the officers were working a security detail at Westlake High School for a football game and were in the vicinity when the shots were fired. Officers located a man, age 43, and a woman, age 40, with gunshot wounds. The officers rendered aid to the victims until medical personnel arrived. The woman was transported to Civista Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The man was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and went door to door in the immediate area searching for possible witnesses.

A preliminary investigation revealed the couple was walking their dog – which was on a leash – when they passed a male subject. For unknown reasons, the male pulled a gun and fired shots. A motive is not clear and detectives are working on developing more information. The description of the suspect is vague at this point but he is described as a black male with a light complexion, possibly in his teens to early twenties.

The CCSO immediately deployed extra patrols to the neighborhood where officers have remained since the shooting. In addition, a Reverse 911 call was issued to alert residents. Today, officers will be canvassing the neighborhood where they will pass out flyers containing information about the reward and Crime Solvers. The identity of the woman will be released once all next-of-kin has been notified.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charles County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 932-2222. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit www.ccso.us to submit a web tip.

Woman Killed, Man Seriously Injured While Walking Dog Behind Westlake High School 

On Friday, Oct. 26 shortly after 7 p.m., a man & woman believed to be in their 40’s were walking their dogs on a footpath in the area of Hampshire Circle behind Westlake High School in Waldorf when they were approached by an armed suspect who fired multiple shots at the couple striking both the male and female.

According to Charles County Police Spokeswoman Diane Richardson, the female victim has been pronounced dead and the male is suffering from serious injuries.

Police have no suspects or a motive at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 1-866-411-TIPS.

The story is developing…

Stay with Southern Maryland News Net as more information becomes available.

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53 Responses to UPDATE: Charles County Sheriff’s Office Obtain Arrest Warrant for Murder Suspect

  1. linda on October 27, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Well….here we are where we have lived forever……and get
    Killed walking our dog.
    Sad, So Sad. !!!

  2. Anonymous on October 27, 2012 at 5:28 am

    This is horrible you cannot even walk your dog or jog without getting a gun in your face need more lighting and security on paths and cameras also

    • Anonymous on October 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

      This is the reason paths are off limits from 6pm to 6am. . .call police on anyone using paths after 6pm.

      • Anonymous on October 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        So the criminals have control up there now. You want you want to make criminals out of law abiding citizens just to appease the thugs.

        Better idea … nobody walks the paths from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM unless you have a gun in your hand.

        • Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          I cant believe I just read that last statement.
          “call the police if you see anyone walking on the paths”?????omg

          • Anonymous on October 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

            Walk on the path with a gun no problem

          • Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

            I believe in self protection, but this isn’t the wild west where you don’t see people for months at a a time and when someone shows up you grab a gun til you know whether they’re friend or foe. think about what you’re saying, even if they had a weapon with them, they’d never have thought that someone was going to shoot at them with no provocation!!

  3. chris on October 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

    A whole family ruined!!!!!!
    This is very sad that human life is worth nothing anymore…

  4. Vince on October 27, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Lived here all my life. Never had to live like this before, prisoners of our own home, unless you want to get robbed or shot walking your dog. You can thank our lazy, double talking, gum flapping county commissioners past and present, for our ” county developement ” bringing trash to the county.

    • Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Amen Vince !

    • Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Our elected officials allow the growth but seem to forget the need to upgrade the roads AND the police force to protect us from the criminal element.

  5. A FAMILY FRIEND on October 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I KNOW THIS MAN HE IS A LONG TIME FRIEND OF THE FAMILY MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. WHEN WILL ALL THIS SENSELESS VIOLENCE STOP.

  6. Anonymous on October 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    This man is a firefighter with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. He’s dedicated his life to protect others. Please pray for his recovery.

  7. linda on October 28, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Used to live right behind the high school until moving because of the increased crime in Waldorf and horrible traffic. Have walked that same path many times myself. Could have been any of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Hampshire is a beautiful neighborhood with pleasant people. The county has ruined Waldorf which was once a beautiful area by building on every scrap of land available. It disgusts me that someone has no conscious that they would shoot, kill, and ruin the lives of people minding their own business. I hope they find the kid and fry him!

  8. Steven Blauvelt on October 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Lights have already been installed by the Neighborhood Association. They were not turned on because SMECO has not connected the power yet.

  9. Susie on October 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

    We received a prayer request from our church for this family. The man’s name is Gerry. He is in PG shock trauma in serious condition as of yesterday afternoon. He and his deceased wife have seven children from adult down to five years old. Please pray for them all and also that the killer would be caught. Thanks.

  10. George Sibley on October 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    This world has gotten so crazy please God deliver us from all this evil!!!!!

  11. H Madison on October 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

    How about delivering us from all the evil that has moved down here from DC and PG County. Yet again the lookout is for a young black male. Welcome to the New Charles County !

    • Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 11:35 am

      I agree, the trash that has come here from the North is out of hand. I moved here in 2004 and the palce has done a complete 360. I really don’t recognize it anymore.

      • Anonymous on November 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

        a 360 brings you back to where u started from.

    • Nina on October 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Surely this a tragedy but everytime something happens in this town, you all start ranting about Blacks and public assistance. Not all Blacks are bad. We have a few rotten apples just like the rest of ya. And Blacks want better lives too so if that means moving into your lily-white cities, so be it. Ya don’t own the city or county, so get over yourselves.

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2012 at 7:29 am

        Hey Nina ! No one said anything about “Blacks and public assistance” you in fact injected that. The lookout is for a young black male. Curious you would bring that up and you sound a bit racist. The fact is wherever the community goes from caucasion to black the crime rate increases as does the violence. Thats a scientific and mathmatical fact that we “who dont own the cities or county” are forced to deal with.

  12. JC on October 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

    This is a perfect example of how it should be legal everywhere to carry concealed. Criminals will carry Gus laws or not. Why make it hard for law abiding people to be able to defend themselves. Criminals often run at the sight of someone else carrying a weapon.

  13. MW on October 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I have live in the Southern Maryland area for 30+ years. The Waldorf area has become beyond bad. It is sad the crap that live there now. If you feel the need to hurt/ kill others, look in the mirror and do it to yourself!

  14. Mp on October 30, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I moved to this neighborhood 5 years ago…it is going down hill! There have been days that I’m trying to get out or come in and there is a large(15-20) teens just “hanging” out on the street. I felt like I lived in the ghetto! I paid a lot money for my home and association fees! This neighborhood is NOT the ghetto!! If you feel the need to “represent” the ghetto, then move there! Don’t make a nice neighborhood into one!
    Where are the parents!! Don’t we raise our kids to be better! I never succumbed to the mess that teens are doing now cause…well I was scared o the consequences…why are children not scared of them now? Parents feel that a slap on the wrist will do but clearly NOT! I’m sure this was a teen doing this for some stupid gang, I hope he gets caught and suffers a harsher punishment! I pray for this family and hope the husband/father/brother/son makes it through!

    • Anonymous on November 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      What good is a neighborhood when you cant be outside with your friends. It kills me how ppl prejudge a group of teens just because they are in a small group hanging outside in the neighborhood in which they live. Kids are considered to be lazy when they sit in the house all day, now they are potential mischief makers if they are outside. Maybe if Charles County had something other than tennis courts in the neighborhoods, the kids would have more to do. Seems almost illegal to put a basketball court up in a charles county park.

  15. JB on October 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    There has been a real shift in the quality of community in Westlake over the past 8 years. It seems that since the market crashed there has been an increase in rental properties availiable to public assistance programs thorughout the community. Owners that want to move on are finding alternative ways of doing so by taking in vouchers from public assistant programs. The owners now get to move into a new community and leave the old neighbors with new problems. There needs to be a cut off to the amount of public housing assistance participants allowed in a communuity. I have lived in D.C and P.G so trust me I have seen this before, the property values are going up in D.C and belive it or not PARTS of P.G. Waldorf is on its way to becoming the inner city of Southern Maryland and with all it’s developement that lacks Law enforcement manpower is soon to become a city under SIEGE.

    My prayer are with the Family and the Waldorf Community,

    • Anonymous on October 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Vote Republican!

  16. PH on October 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Jerry my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray for a speedy recovery and peace in your heart. I know the person will be found or someone will give information on them. Keep God first and know that he will heal you as well as the kids that have lost their mother. May God be with you all.

  17. Anonymous on November 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Let’s not judge till all the facts are out…..remember if you judge you open the door for someone to judge you. We should pray for the husband and family and celebrate the life of Mrs. Teresa Bass. May god bless you and your entire family!

  18. In Shock on November 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I drive by this location everyday to pick up my preschool age kids. This is beyond outrageous, concerning, alarming. Many of us have bought homes here in an effort to enjoy a normal life with safe surroundings in which to raise our kids. My hunch is that this was not a personal attack, but a complete random senseless act of violence. I can’t imagine what the family must be going through right now. Understandably people in the community are upset and venting frustration with posts about who or what is to blame. But now let’s instead focus on coming together as a community and taking it back! More police surveillance is absolutely needed around here. The bottom line is that we have to be able to know with some assurance that if we want to walk our dog, or exercise our kids, or just get some fresh air, that this kind of deplorable violence is not looming around the corner. My heart goes out to their family and their children. Such a tragedy. Final note, we are expecting round the clock attention by the county to find who did this.

  19. me on November 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    scum bag need to take him out back and shoot him but instead our court system will give him three meals and a cot

  20. yourmomsbff on November 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    17 years old, two murders under his belt. Nice job Mebane family on raising your child to be an upstanding, respectful, law abiding citizen. Why not do everyone a favor and drag your piece of trash kid out into the middle of St. Charles and beat him to death where everyone can watch. Then go shoot yourselves in the head for failing at parenting so badly that your child killed two innocent people and ruined countless other lives.

    • Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 7:58 am

      His parents could have raised him very well and he still turn out to be a murderer! HE made the choices to do the things he did. There are people who are raised with morals and values and still end up doing wrong. So easy to point the finger at someone else for his wrong doings.

    • Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

      So Scott, if your child grows up and commits a crime such as this, are we rightfully able to blame you for what your child has done? NO! It’s easy to blame others for your own wrong doings, but it’s not anyones fault but the person who did wrong!

      • Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

        Sorry to Scott, this was meant for Yourmomsbff. My apologizes Scott.

  21. Anonymous on November 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Can you please explain to the rest of us what you just posted! Please no more rambling, you made my head hurt trying to interpret your gipperish. Thank you.

    • Anonymous on November 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Um I believe it’s quite clear thank you.

  22. Anonymous on November 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    He should get the death penalty and his gf should do time for conspiracy…

  23. scott on November 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Charge him with hate crime and fry him.waiting for someone to say it wasn’t his fault. Society failed him I can hear it now

  24. scott on November 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Good job Charles county and than you to who ever turned the scum bag in

  25. JB SR. on November 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    This crazy kid devastated. Our family. He murdered my daughter in-inlaw and put my son in critical condition. Now the kids have to go on without a mother. Needless to say that I am angry and upset. I would like to thank the Charles county and the DC Police for there work on this. I would also like to thank the Montgomery County Fire Department for their generous support of Jerry and our family at this time. YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN WITH US EVERY DAY. Thank. YOU

    • Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

      My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I hope your son is doing well physically and I’m happy to hear he has a support system. Thank you for posting

      • Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        I just want to express my condolences for your family’s loss. My God comfort your family during this time

  26. wowed! on November 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

    He doesn’t even look scared or sorry…..he prob thinks he’s cool. Ima guess there’s some gang activity around here and he was getting his colors or whatever bs ya get. But yep…at 17u he’ll go to jail get more hardened and around 35the he will be released to be a bigger looser than he started out to be…just with more tattoo’s and with more gangster connections…..What has our court system turned into? Im wowed, saddened and worried for what future we have to look forward to, when we already can’t walk our dogs in peace. :(

    • Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

      We need the death penelty and actually USE IT just like Texas!

  27. Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

    To: Yourmomsbff…..
    That’s a bit harsh don’t ya think? Totally agree that this guy should be sentenced to death, but even though he’s killed two innocent people, I highly doubt that a bunch of people would want to stand there and watch someone being beaten to death. Not everyone likes to see that kind of extreme violence.
    And for the parents ‘shooting themselves in the head’ – you never know what kind of situation a family is in. This kid is old enough to know right from wrong & maybe the family tried to guide him in the right direction and he dismissed them. You shouldn’t tell a family to kill themselves & put so much hatred on them until you know the situation.

  28. WOWZER on November 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I’m down for seeing him beat to death. Maybe if we went back to stoning or hanging an eye for an eye, people would think twice of the choices they make. But instead we have court/justice system that just puts murderers away and then let them back out years later. Id rather spend my taxes on feeding my own dam family not some heartless, careless murderer who gets to sit in jail get schooled, watch tv, free food, laundry and new friends. To death he goes in my book. As for his parents I don’t believe they should get shot in the head..Lol I do believe they did their best, but def could have done better. Or maybe should have payed more attention to their son instead of all the other shit in this world. When you become a parent you give up the right to be selfish. In the end no one on here is going to make a difference cause at the end of the day 2 lives have been stolen and 1 severely injured. And this guy has a bed, pillow, food, clothes and heat…… What a F*%ked up world we live in….

  29. Gill on November 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

    An alleged double murderer at 17. Hmm, I say an eye for an eye. Tired of wasting my tax dollars on the “justice” system while you go through appeals that you DONT deserve. I say shoot YOU. The end.

    • Anonymous on November 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      AMEN, AMEN, thanks Gill for saying what everyone is thinking!!

  30. jimmy on November 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Instant death penalty give the victims all the money that courts will spend feeding and housing him for the next 50 years

  31. Anon on November 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Glad they caught him. He looks so smug in that picutre! FRY THAT SMIRK OFF HIS FACE!

  32. Anonymous on November 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Not sure why his parents are being blamed at this point…Do you know his parents? The parents aren’t always at fault for what the child does, they were not with him. They did not pull the trigger. My prayers go out to all the families that have been affected by this terrible crime