One day after police arrested a man suspected of robbing 12 businesses in both Cheatham and Davidson counties, his brother sent Nashville's News 2 an apology letter.
His brother, Capt. Rodeick Bell, said he doesn't know what went wrong with his brother but he apologized to all the victims including employees at several gas stations, doughnut shops, and a tobacco store.
In an email, Capt. Bell stated:
My name is Captain Rodeick Bell, Clemente Bell is my older brother. Clemente was arrested for multiple robberies in the Nashville area, yesterday. We the family are still trying to understand what happen and what went wrong with my brother.
The family would like to apologize to those who were affected by my brothers actions, and hope that they will accept our sincerest apology for his conduct. There is no excuse for my brothers behaviour. The purpose of this is to convey our sincere regret that has caused anyone any mental stress and or/harm. I apologize for any inconvenience or unpleasantness that my brother may have casued [sic] at the places of business that were affected. We realize how wrong Armed Robbery is a very serious crime. Whether my brother was under the influence of something, or coerced, still he accepts full responsibility for his behavior.
I am extremely disappointed and remorseful about his actions, not to say how it hurt my mother and our family. I can understand that it may be difficult for those businesses to accept the apology, on my brothers behalf but I hope that this will give an opportunity to help prove his remorse and to offer some amends.
Again, we are still trying to gather information, to understand what happen, because this is not in his nature. We are asking for privacy as justice takes it's course and please direct any questions towards me.
Clemente Bell, 41, was arrested on Interstate 440 at Nolensville Pike around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Authorities who pulled him over said he matched the suspect's description and was wearing similar clothes to a robbery that occurred earlier that morning.
About an hour before his arrest, police said Bell robbed Shipley Donuts in Donelson. He was armed with a toy handgun that was painted black to look real.
Bell's alleged crime spree started in Cheatham County in late February.
He was booked into Metro's jail Tuesday.
Murfreesboro police reported that they are investigating his involvement in similar crimes in Rutherford County.