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Suspect With Machete Murders 22-Year-Old Dollar Tree Cashier In Store On New Year’s Day

Upper Sandusky, OH – A 22-year-old newlywed working as a cashier at a Dollar Tree was viciously murdered by a man armed with a machete while she was on shift on New Year’s Day.

The horrific attack occurred at the Dollar Tree store located at 1120 East Wyandot Avenue at approximately 4:25 p.m. on Jan. 1, WBNS reported.

The Upper Sandusky Police Department (USPD) responded to the business after receiving a report that a man was “waving a weapon around inside the store,” the agency said in a press release.

When they entered the building, they discovered the body of 22-year-old Keris Riebel, who had been working at the store as a cashier that day, WBNS reported.

Investigators learned Riebel had been attacked by a man armed with a machete.

She was hit with the blade multiple times before the killer fled the scene, leaving the murder weapon behind, WBNS reported.

Investigators said there were other people inside the store at the time of the attack, according to Crawford County Now.

Police located the suspect in the 100-block of South 5th Street near the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) a short while later, WJW reported.

Upper Sandusky Police Chief Jared Lucas said the alleged killer surrendered when police approached his car, according to WSYX.

He has been identified as 27-year-old Bethel Bekele.

Investigators are still working to determine whether Bekele and Riebel knew one another and said the motive for the attack is unclear, WBNS reported.

Bekele was charged with aggravated murder and may face additional charges in the near future, according to WJW.

The Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit is handling the ongoing investigation, WBNS reported.

Riebel graduated from Wynford High School in 2019 and recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in human resources, Crawford County Now reported.

She just got married in October.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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