2nd UPDATE - (Lawrenceville, Georgia, September 26, 2013) The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this
case has been increased to five thousand dollars. This reward is provided by Crime Stoppers
Atlanta. Tipsters may remain anonymous
and can provide tips by visiting www.crimestoppersatlanta.org, or by calling 404-557-TIPS (8477).
Detectives have received several tips already, but nothing that
indicates specifically where Bell might be.
Detectives have not been able to narrow down which city or state Bell
might be in.
A photo of the suspected murder weapon is
attached. It is a Bushmaster XM-15,
which is similar to an AR-15. It is not
technically an assault rifle; it is only capable of semi-automatic fire. Detectives do not know what other weapons
Bell may have access to. He should still
be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone encountering Bell should call 911.
UPDATE - (Lawrenceville, Georgia, September 18,
2013) GCPD Homicide Unit detectives have asked that
the following information be released.
The suspect, Robert Bell, may be traveling to Chicago, IL; Albany, GA;
Crossville, TN. Detectives believe that
all of the victims, including the 12 year old Joseph McDonald, were
intentionally shot. The deceased victims
were each shot multiple times.
Detectives still do not know the suspect’s motive.
asked that this information be shared as widely as possible. Any media outlet with sister stations in the
above mentioned cities or with national media ties are asked to pass this
information along. Thank you for your
help in this matter.
The 911 audio from
this call is now available for release.
One 911 call was placed by the surviving victim, Justin Cato. The other 911 call was placed by a neighbor
who witnessed some of the events. The
files are too large to email, but can be picked up on a disk at police
headquarters (770 Hi Hope Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046).
ORIGINAL RELEASE - (Lawrenceville, Georgia, September
16, 2013) Gwinnett County Police Department officers
were dispatched to an aggravated domestic call at 4630 Anderson-Livsey Lane,
unincorporated Snellville, at about 9:00 PM on September 15, 2013. The caller stated that a man was chasing a
woman outside and firing a gun at her. Arriving
officers found two people outside the home that had suffered gunshot wounds.
Both were transported to a local hospital in serious condition. Angelina Benton (B/F, 34 years old) was the
primary resident of the home and later died as a result of her injuries. Justin Cato (B/M, 23 years old) was shot in
the leg but is expected to survive his injuries. He was able to call 911 from his cell phone a
few minutes after the initial caller.
Cato was Angelina Benton’s boyfriend.
The GCPD SWAT team
responded to the scene due to suspicions that the suspect was still inside the
residence. The suspect was not located, but the SWAT team did discover two
additional bodies inside the home.
Joseph McDonald (B/M, 12 years old) was the son of Angelina Benton and
lived in the home. Raynord Daniel (B/M,
19 years old) was Angelina Benton’s godson and also lived in the home. Both were apparently deceased from gunshot
The suspect in
this case has been identified as Robert E. Bell (B/M, 33 years old, 6’00” tall,
300 lbs.). Detectives have determined
that the victim, Angelina Benton, allowed Bell and his wife, Danielle Hill-Bell
(B/F, 22 years old, 5’03” tall, 215 lbs.) to move into the home about two weeks
prior to this incident. This seems to
have been a charitable act by Angelina Benton.
The victims and the suspect were thought to be on good terms and at this
point the motive for the murders is not clear.
Robert Bell has
active warrants for three counts of felony murder and one count of aggravated
assault. Bell’s vehicle, a black SUV,
was recovered at the scene. A rifle
similar to an AR-15 was located in the vehicle and detectives believe it may be
the murder weapon. Bell’s current
whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with
information should please contact GCPD Homicide Unit detectives at
770-513-5300. Anyone encountering Robert
Bell should call 911. He should be
considered armed and dangerous.