Police: Armed robber brings child to shooting


CHAMBLEE, Ga. - Police said a man brought a child to an armed robbery, where he shot the victim several times after using Craigslist to schedule the meet-up.

Investigators have been able to identify the suspect because he is still posting on the website.

Chamblee police said they found an ad for furniture using the same phone number. They're calling the man very dangerous; not only did he bring along a 7-year-old child to the robbery and shooting, police said he meant to kill two people that night.

"I was so scared because I was bleeding so badly. I was shocked, scared -- shocked, don't know how I'm going to survive," said shooting victim Shihan Kamal.

Kamal survived being shot three times at point-blank range by the bullet of a 40 caliber gun.

"He started to bang on the door to find out if my roommate was there," Kamal said.

But the roommate barricaded herself in her room, holding the door knob tightly. Chamblee Police Sgt. Ernesto Ford said 27-year-old Kenneth Bevel is the man who caused such terror that night inside the Gentry's Walk apartment. Kamal said he contacted Bevel from a Craigslist ad because he needed his cable box fixed. Bevel showed up with his apparent family.

"Could you imagine someone with wife and kids came over here to try and rob you?" Ford said. "He saw a man with what he thought was his wife and child and felt safe."

Police said Bevel has a long criminal history that includes violent tendencies. He's wanted for aggravated assault with the intent to murder, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police think Bevel is somewhere in the downtown Atlanta area.

Ford said if you're making a transaction where you don't know the person, meet in the parking lot of a police department. It's much safer that way.

If you know where Bevel is, you're asked to call Sgt. Ford at 770-986-5008.

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