Man Sentenced to 240 Years for Bowie Home Invasion, Keeping Victims Bound for 2 Hours

Kindu Bell, 31, and his brother Hakeem Bell, 20, received a combined total of 582 years in prison in connection with two home invasions and a sexual assault.

Kindu Bell was sentenced to 421 years in prison after being found guilty of two home invasion.|Photo credit: Patch file
Kindu Bell was sentenced to 421 years in prison after being found guilty of two home invasion.|Photo credit: Patch file
Kindu Bell, 31, of Upper Marlboro, was sentenced to a total of 421 years in prison Friday after he was found guilty of multiple offenses in connection with two home invasions, one of which was in Bowie.

The Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office gave this account of the Bowie incident:

Bell and an unknown man broke into a Bowie home in March 2012, masked and armed with guns. 

According to the state's attorney, Bell and the second suspect assaulted the three adults who were home at the time of the invasion, hitting each one in the head several times with a gun and tying them up. A 6-year-old child was forced into a room and witnessed Bell hitting at least one person with a gun. 

Following the assault, Bell and his accomplice spend two hours collecting items from the home, and then fled the house in the family's vehicle with the stolen belongings.

The victims later identified Bell in a lineup. During the course of the police investigation, items taken from the family's home were found in the Bell residence. 

“It is clear Kindu intended to terrorize this family and they have not had a good night’s sleep since they were victimized almost two years ago,” said Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks in a statement.  “I am very pleased that Judge Lamasney recognized that neither of these men deserve to see the light of day ever again.”

Bell was sentenced to 240 years after being found guilty of multiple offenses in connection with this incident. 

Bell was also sentenced to 181 years for his role in a separate Prince George's County home invasion that also occurred in March 2012. Bell's brother, Hakeem Bell, 20, was sentenced to 161 years in prison in connection with that incident. 

The state's attorney gave this account of that incident:
The Bell brothers—wearing masks and armed with handguns—approached a woman who had recently left her residence, hit her with a handgun, and forced her back into her apartment. 

When the Bell brother's demanded money, and threatened to rape or kill the suspect, she called out to her roommate to call police. At that point, one of the brothers grabbed her by the neck, choking her until she lost consciousness.

When the victim came to, one of the brothers sexually assaulted her and the other woke her roommate and demanded money, taking his wallet. The men began putting items in a suitcase—allegedly to steal them—but the victim's screams were so loud, a neighbor called police.

When police arrived at the scene, the Bell brothers were still there, and fled through a window. They were apprehended sometime later. 
“Both Kindu andHakeem Bell are violent repeat offenders who deserve to spend the rest of their lives behind bars," Alsobrooks said in the statement. "The victims will be able to rest easier as will the community at-large, now that these two men are off our streets.”
Paula Reitan January 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM
No excuses. Just consistency and fairness to all victims and those found guilty by our less than perfect judicial system.
Fakor Fakoring January 12, 2014 at 06:36 PM
If they're still able to walk free after 240 years in prison, I guess somebody could be angry about their lenient sentence.
jnrentz1 January 13, 2014 at 06:54 AM
Sincere thanks and kudos to the Prince George's County Police, and Ms. Alsobrooks for their handling of this case. Well done
ecteljoe January 13, 2014 at 07:30 AM
These Boneheads will appeal their case and some liberal judge will reduce their sentence to 10 years because they did not get a fair trial. It happens every day!
Darlene January 13, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Yes, and if they get their appeal, they'll get like 10yrs and then be out in 2. Smh
mark January 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM
kindu and Hakeem? not that it matters to me either but those are black names
Alphadog January 14, 2014 at 08:38 AM
could be arab names .... i dont care what their ethnic orgins may be, they should have an appointment with sparky the electric chair!
mark January 14, 2014 at 08:48 AM
Could be Arab names I guess, Bell isn't. Unless they are mixed..Arabs normally don't mix..But the Criminals are Black for the Record..and yes I agree with you on Sparky!
Darlene January 14, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Regardless of their heritage, etc. If they aren't kept away from the general public, these crimes will surely be repeated by them. Obviously, they have no regard for the lives of others.
Darlene January 14, 2014 at 09:26 AM
And yes, I think they deserve much more than prison. Sparky would be a solution.
Jae Powell January 14, 2014 at 02:24 PM
First of all! All crimes are wrong! When your wrong your wrong period. Secondly they are African American....not so sure as to what race has to do with it but if that answers you question. Thirdly their are people serving less time than this who actually killed more than one person......no death sentence....no "sparky" and they actually are eligible for parole in a few years. I think that's wrong! Alsobrooks has a thing against males anyway shes an awful judge and people have been trying to get her out of office for a while now. Not saying they are right because like I stated before when you are wrong your wrong plain & simple but I do think that some of these comments are very harsh and heart breaking. The story is heart breaking and so is the sentencing. God doesnt like ugly and hes the finale judge. All we can do is pray for people like this not wish bad upon them. Hakeem "keem" & Kindu still has family you know who has to read this Stuff. Two wrongs do not make a right. <3
Jae Powell January 14, 2014 at 02:26 PM
And they aren't "THUGS"
Alphadog January 14, 2014 at 03:20 PM
The animals who comitted these crimes are convicted criminals! Some would call them thugs....problably lots of things worse than that. Ms Alsobrooks is not a judge. It does not matter to me one bit what race these animals may be, as they are a disgrace to the human race. Too bad their family could not help them. Too bad that the vicitms familoy will have to suffer horrible losses about how their loved ones suffered....lets NOT loose track of who the real vicitims are... Criminals are not victims, they made wrong choices. Now these criminals are being held acountable for their crimes as one whould hop for in a civilized society. They should have an appointment with sparky!
KJ January 14, 2014 at 03:28 PM
I taught Hakeem when he was in 8th grade and was really surprised by this. He was quiet, friendly and humorous. Despite what was occurring in his life, he always had a smile on his face. All of his former teachers are shocked and are wondering what went wrong because it seemed like he was going to be successful in high school and beyond. This incident was so horrific. I pray for the well being of the victims and hope they find peace.
Jae Powell January 14, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Well "Alphadog" I am his "family" and your right too bad we couldnt help him but at the same time I stated they were wrong! One mistake can mess up your whole life. I've known him since middle school. Im sure he knows what he did was wrong.....but at the same time your harsh and rude comments are uncalled for. i never once said he was a victim. You do the crime you pay the time but this time sentencing is unjust period. If you like it or not hes not going to get the "sparky" he didnt take any ones life and he wouldnt have. In this case he does not deserve to die! The ones who deserve to die are the guys who committed homicide and are walking free. Dont judge somebody you know NOTHING about!
Alphadog January 14, 2014 at 05:08 PM
I hope your "family" never is beaten ,raped ,sodomized and tourtured or has to fear for their lives as the victims did. As far as I am concerned rape is a capital offense and the death penalty should be reinstated. Lots of people know right from wrong, but those who act on primitive ,destructive, and dark impulses and harm others deserve punishment. As far as I am concerned the appropiate punishment would be death. I do not consider that rude but yes it is a harsh reality. Too bad that wasn't taught at home!
Jae Powell January 14, 2014 at 06:44 PM
again you cant judge on a situation you know nothing about. You weren't there. it did not happen to you. as much as you know is what the news reporters tell you. ive read 3-4 different post with all different stories. you dont know what was taught at home. lastly you dont know what my family has been through. thank you i rest my case good bye!
Tea L January 14, 2014 at 08:40 PM
We do know very much in fact about what happened. And it wasn't "one mistake". We know how long these violent criminals, now convicted felons, continued to make a choice to be violent and victimize a totally innocent family. If you are from Bowie, these were your neighbors who were permanently scarred who will never be the same. I have been the victim of violent crime and it tends to cause PTSD for a lifetime. That means nightmares, a lack of sense of security and safety anymore in your own home, rarely if ever feeling safe. Reliving the crime the rest of your life. And we know these violent criminals made a conscious choice to continue to perpetrate their crime and violence every second of that time period. They had a chance to change their course EVERY SECOND. So add up all the seconds over the many hours and that is how many mistakes they made. I guarantee you the victims were painfully aware of each and every second hoping and praying it would end, so that is in fact how many wrong decisions these evil people made. I hope these criminals get put in a cage in a supermax prison and when they are let out of their individual cages the other inmates threaten them and hurt them when they find out who they are and what they did. Let them feel a little of what they put out there. For the rest of their miserable worthless predator lives. And then go straight to hell where they belong.
Jae Powell January 14, 2014 at 09:27 PM
Unless it was you. You don't know. I've been a victim of a lot of things but do I go around wishing bad on people? NO! Like I said before god is the final judge and all sins are equal and are forgiven. I simply just pray for the aggressor. Prayer heals all things maybe ill just pray for you all! Like I've done for the victims and the aggressors. Good bye !
Darlene January 14, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Thought you said bye before.
Jae Powell January 14, 2014 at 09:44 PM
I was never talking to you to began with. When I said good bye it was towards two different ppl. So grow up.
Tea L January 14, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Well you aré a better person than I because I want retribution. They should be paying, at a minimum, with their entire lives on earth. And hopefully it will serve as a deterrent to others who would do the same but I doubt it. At any rate, anything less than life would have been a miscarriage of justice.
Mike Mike January 16, 2014 at 12:37 AM
how 2 Mask men get almost 600 yr for only 2 home invasions iI understand they should be lock u but an identified murderer only get 25yrs wow but iI guess the judge show them no remorse
Barbara DeShong January 16, 2014 at 09:50 AM
@ Jae Powell and Mike Mike. This was not a home invasion where young men made one wrong decision. These where brutal attacks that lasted for hours. In the first attack the victims were beaten in the head with handguns while a 6 year watched. The Bell brothers lingered in that home for 2 hours. Can you even imagine the terror those victims had to endure, especially that child? In the second attack the woman was strangled until she was unconscious and later she was raped. These were not simple home invasions where the victims were tied up while the thieves grabbed everything they could. These were acts of terror performed by individuals that had only evil in their souls. They selected these targets. They planned these acts and they showed every indication of enjoying the terror they inflicted on their victims. Whatever these men were as boys is irrelevant to what they are now. Seriously, Jae, if these boys were good and kind when they were younger, hold on to those memories and rejoice in that gift that was given to you by God. But these brothers now have hearts of evil and you can not justly defend them. Our society and courts have judged them and found them guilty and sentenced them accordingly. And you can not compare their crime to murders in general. Both crimes are wrong but you can't compare the torture, physical and emotional abuse that these brother inflicted on their victims to a crime where an argument breaks out and someone shoots and kills in anger. Don't get me wrong, both are crimes and demand punishment. But you can't honestly say that someone that takes a life in an instant of anger, should deserve harsher punishment than these brothers who plotted their crime and intentionally, wilfully and with complete understanding of the pain they were causing, tortured their victims for hours. That, Jae, is evil, not a 'wrong choice'.
Jae Powell January 16, 2014 at 05:32 PM
Some comparison can be made...... I want to know how I was raped....had the rapist identified him.....and he walks away with two years? I want to know how my great aunt was raped brutally murdered.....stabbed 47 times in her vagina and the murder only got 6 years and is walking free today? How did my brothers killers potentially plan his murder committed it.....and get 25 years? I just don't understand. They have been terrorized but just like victims of murder they have been threw misery....etc I don't care what every one else's opinion is but I personally believe this a wrong and should be the opposite way around. When ppl kill they should lose their life's death penalty. But to me it's unjust.
Alphadog January 16, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Jae I am sorry for the losses and traumas your family has had. I really have a hard time following what you are saying in your last comment. The people that did this to your family should not be walking the streets and they should have an appointment with sparky,
Baltimorecityofanimals January 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Blacks always get off easy, to continue freeloading off of society. They rule the prisons, so the time will be easy, with easy access to women and mind altering substances. I am a crime victim, the system is tilted toward anyone with negro blood. Victims are brutalized so that the precious negro can feel good about themselves.
Alphadog January 25, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Who is to say that this was not a hate crime?
MitchellvileChick January 25, 2014 at 02:40 PM
@Baltimorecityforanimals...How do you know when a person is uneducated, unevolved, racist & a sad, bitter member of society? They still use the word "negro" & hide behind the anonymity of their computer to say things they are too afraid to say directly to the targets of their rants. I have a little advice for you. 1. Go back to school & gain more education.This can help you catch up to the rest of the world in your thinking/perspectives & racist vocabulary at minimum. 2. Travel more than 10 miles away from the block you live on. You live in one if the greatest & most culturally diverse metro areas in the country, yet you seem to have grown up on a farm surrounded only by people that think & look like you. 3. Work to improve yourself & donate your time to helping others. Its hard to believe you sit around complaining & generalizing about what a historically repressed minority group is doing because you were victimized by 1 or a few. Oh & guess what? Im a crime victim too by the same group! I suffer still today from PTSD and everything else that comes with being a crime victim. The crime turned my life upside down & was one of the worst tragedies of my life but guess what? Im educated enough to know that those who victimized me dont represent the character/motives of their entire race & they certainly don't exploit the system in higher proportions than any other racial group of criminals, etc. More importantly, I've moved on with my life & definitely have better things to do with my time than worrying about how criminals like those who victimized me are fairing in their lives. I don't have sympathy for those in this article that got hit with the stiff sentence because in Detroit where I'm from justice to this degree would not have occurred, but I'm apathetic towards those who are criminal-minded, not an entire racial group my perpetrator happens to belong to. But if you only take away one thing that I'm saying then just at least step into the current decade & stop using the word "negro". #sogladimeducated #ignorantpeopleneedprayerstoo
Shaka Zulu February 06, 2014 at 12:06 PM
These two should have all organs that can be used for anyone else removed, then be drowned in the blue water of a porta potty after the preakness in the infield. then flushed into the sewer system where they belong, they do not even deserve to eat the food we give rats.


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