Prosecutors Call Dollar Tree Machete Attack Random: According to the prosecution’s testimony in court, the fatal machete attack on a Dollar Tree employee in Upper Sandusky was random. For allegedly attacking and killing Keris Riebel, 22, with a machete on Sunday, Bethel Bekele, 27, is being charged with murder.
The Wyandot County Prosecuting Attorney described the attack as “random, unexpected, and unprovoked” and claimed that Bekele and Riebel have no known relationship. He added that while Riebel was on the ground, Bekele reportedly continued to abuse her. An official reason has not been disclosed.
Police reports state that on January 1 about 4:30 p.m., officers went to the Dollar Tree on East Wyandot Avenue in Upper Sandusky. Officers were informed by witnesses that the woman had died inside the store and that the suspect had fled in a red or maroon SUV that was driving west on E. Wyandot Avenue.
Bekele brought himself up after driving himself to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, according to the police. In an interview with detectives, Bekele allegedly acknowledged to attacking the victim, according to court documents.
The Upper Sandusky Police Department, the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations are among the organisations looking into the attack. Investigators were able to get surveillance footage that allegedly depicts the attack, according to court filings.
Bekele is being held without bond at the Wood County prison. On January 11, he is due back in court. A former instructor of Riebel’s told 13abc that she was a fantastic learner. Steve Wheeler from Wynford Elementary said of the woman, “She was always kind, diligent, hard-working, and showed sympathy for others.
She had developed into the same kind of kind, religious woman. Her husband, her family, and her friends are in my prayers. Without Keris, the world is a lessening place. I feel terrible for their loss. GoFundMe has been set up by family members to assist Keris’ husband with funeral costs and time off work. The newlyweds had a promising future, according to the event’s organiser.
“Anyone who met the two could immediately sense their admiration and love for one another. Their lack of life insurance as a young couple left Jordan with the cost of the funeral and burial as well as lost pay from taking time off work to grieve, according to the GoFundMe page.
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“Keris was a lovely soul, and everyone who met her remarked on how nice and sweet she was. Keris had just received her Human Resources bachelor’s degree and was eager to begin her profession. Jordan and Keris were eager to begin their new lives together, along with having children and, most recently, a puppy.