Bethel Bekele is a man from Ohio who has been charged with the murder of a Dollar Store employee. According to police reports Bethel Bekele entered a Dollar Tree in Upper Sandusky Ohio and would stab the employee 22-year-old Keris L. Riebel to death. When police arrived at the scene they would find Bethel Bekele gone however he would later drive himself to the police station and turn himself in. Bethel Bekele has been charged with murder. Right now there does not appear to be a prior connection between Bethel Bekele and Keris Riebel.
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A Dollar Tree employee in Northwest Ohio is dead after being murdered with a machete while working on Sunday.
The incident happened in Upper Sandusky just before 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Upper Sandusky police said they were called to the store after a man was spotted waving a machete around inside the store.
Officers arrived and found a cashier, identified as 22-year-old Keris L. Riebel, dead.
Police charged 27-year-old Bethel M. Bekele, who currently resided in Upper Sandusky, in connection with the attack.
Police Chief Jared Lucas said, “Bekele entered the store with the machete, approached Riebel, and struck her numerous times with the machete.” Other people were in the store at the time.
The police chief said Bekele drove to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office afterward. That’s when deputies approached his car and he surrendered to them.
Family members said online that Riebel had recently been married, in October, and had recently graduated from college. She’s from Nevada, which is about 15 minutes from Upper Sandusky. Relatives who answered the door at her family home did not want to talk.
Little is known right now about Bekele. He’s got no apparent criminal record and police are still investigating the relationship between Bekele and Riebel. Bekele had an address in Upper Sandusky at an apartment complex. Neighbors recognized his face, but knew nothing about him, including his name.
Bekele is being held at the Wood County jail in Bowling Green. The police chief in Upper Sandusky said the Wyandot County jail did not have the available bed space for him. He is charged with one count of murder. His court date has not been set.
It is unclear what, if any, relationship existed between the victim and the suspect or what the motive was.