Belton police seek person of interest in Friday homicide

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 13:23:09-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Belton police are asking for help to locate a person of interest in a Friday homicide.

Christopher Bell, 39, of Lee’s Summit was killed early Friday morning at an apartment complex near East 125th Street and Spring Valley Road.

Police were called to the parking lot, where they found Bell’s body, just before 1 a.m. on reports of shots fired.

Belton police said Monday they were trying to find 38-year-old Charles Baldwin, Jr. in regard to the investigation.

Baldwin is 6 feet tall, weighs 160 pounds, and has “distinctive” tattoos on his face and neck, including the word “Gucci” over his right eye. He may be driving a red BMW sedan, police said.

Anyone with information about his location is asked to call Belton police at 816-331-1500. Tips can be called in anonymously via the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the 41 Action News Mug Shot Policy.