Arriel Rose Bryant was accused of killing the father of her children in northeast Cleveland Monday night, September 10. Police say Bryant then took off with the two kids, prompting a statewide Amber Alert. Police located the suspect and her two children, Armani and Anijah, sometime after 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Arriel Bryant Was Arrested Without Incident About 16 Miles Southwest of the Crime Scene
Cleveland police confirmed to Heavy.com that Arriel Bryant and her children were located Tuesday morning. Police found them at 14072 Lorraine Avenue in Cleveland. This location is approximately 16 miles away from the scene of the shooting.
28-year-old Bryant was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail on a murder charge. The children were not harmed. A police spokesperson said the children would likely be released to other family members.
2. Arriel Bryant Was Charged With Aggravated Murder
Cleveland police confirmed to Heavy that Bryant was booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail. She has been charged with aggravated murder, a felony in the first degree.
According to online records with the Cleveland Municipal Court, Bryant has been in trouble with the law before. In August of 2018, she was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors. She was arrested and pleaded not guilty. The charges were eventually dismissed for “want of prosecution.”
On August 2, 2018, Bryant was arrested for misdemeanor drug abuse. Court records state she was accused of having less than 100 grams of marijuana. That charge was also dismissed.
Cleveland.com also reports that Bryant was convicted of obstructing justice in 2009, in connection to an armed robbery that resulted in one person being shot. Her boyfriend at the time was sentenced to eight years in prison and she was given probation. But the Cleveland Municipal Court website does not appear to have this incident on file.
3. The Shooting Victim was Identified as Richard Kelley, the Children’s Father
Police responded to a report of a shooting around 8:15 p.m. Monday, September 10th. It happened at the home shared by Arriel Bryant and the father of her children, Richard Kelley, in northeast Cleveland on Alhambra Road. Cleveland police confirmed to Heavy that the couple were not married but did live together.
Officers found Kelley suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe 28-year-old Bryant was having an argument with Kelley when the shooting occurred.
According to reporters with Cleveland.com, who spoke with neighbors, the couple had a history of violent arguments. The news outlet also spoke with defense attorney Stourton Scott Smith, who represented Kelley in a 2017 domestic violence case. He said that Kelley and Bryant had a troubled relationship, and that it was a “mutually combative relationship. She wasn’t someone who was timid.” In 2011, Kelley pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault after police said he punched Bryant several times in the face, and he was sentenced to nine months in prison.
4. Armani and Anijah Kelley Were Recovered Safely and the Amber Alert Was Canceled
A statewide Amber Alert was issued in Ohio at 3:35 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11th. Bryant’s two children are 7-year-old Armani Kelley and 4-year-old Anijah Kelley.
Armani is about 4-feet tall, weighing approximately 60 pounds. Police list Armani’s birthday as February 10, 2011. His sister Anijah is about 3-feet tall and 40 pounds. Both children have brown hair and brown eyes.
Both children were recovered safely when their mother was arrested. Cleveland police said Armani and Anijah will likely be released to the care of other family members.
5. Bryant Took the Children to Her Sister’s Apartment While Police Searched for Them
Police say Bryant took refuge at her sister’s apartment after the shooting. By the time the Amber Alert was issued for Armani and Anijah, police had already found Bryant’s car. But she and the children were not inside. Initially, police were unsure whether she had switched vehicles.
Several hours later, police found Bryant and the children at her sister’s home. The car had actually been parked close by the home.
Police had warned the public that Bryant was armed and considered dangerous. She surrendered to police without incident.