Reward now $5K for triple homicide suspect

The reward for information leading authorities to Robert Bell, the suspect in last week’s triple homicide near Snellville, has been upped.

Gwinnett County police announced Thursday that Crime Stoppers Atlanta is now offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Bell. The 33-year-old has been on the lam since the evening of Sept. 15, when authorities believe he waited to ambush the family — mother, boyfriend, son and godson — who had taken him into their home on Anderson Livsey Lane.

All but the boyfriend, 23-year-old Justin Cato, were killed by gunfire.

“Detectives have received several tips already,” Cpl. Jake Smith said, “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.”

Bell is believed to have ties to Albany, Crossville, Tenn., and Chicago. He should still be considered armed and dangerous, Smith said.

“Detectives do not know what other weapons Bell may have access to,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding Bell’s whereabouts can submit anonymous tips by visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org or calling 404-577-TIPS. Anyone encountering him should call 911.

Police also clarified Thursday that the weapon allegedly used by Bell — described originally as an assault rifle similar to an AR-15 — was “not technically” an assault rifle but a Bushmaster XM-15, capable only of semi-automatic fire.