Man charged in connection to Belton homicide

Belton Pol
Posted at 8:19 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 21:19:22-05

UPDATE, Feb. 19 | Charles Baldwin Jr. was taken into custody Friday morning. He is charged with second-degree murder and being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

ORIGINAL STORY, Feb. 16 | Belton police still are searching for a man who has now been charged in a homicide that occurred last week.

Charles E. Baldwin Jr., 38, faces the following charges in connection to the Feb. 12 death of 39-year-old Christopher Bell in Cass County:

  • Murder;
  • Armed criminal action;
  • Unlawful use of a weapon;
  • Felon in possession of a weapon.

Baldwin is 6 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has tattoos on his neck and face, including a “Gucci” tattoo above his right eye. Belton police said he drives a red BMW Sedan.

Baldwin is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact Belton police at 816-331-1500 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Editor’s note: 41 Action News is publishing Charles Baldwin’s photo because police are actively looking for him in connection to a crime.

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