Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Illinois: R. Kelly's nephew charged in barber shop robbery, shooting

Calumet City, Illinois

From the Chicago Sun-Times of November 21, 2008
R. Kelly's nephew charged in barber shop robbery, shooting

Bond was set at $200,000 Friday for R & B singer R. Kelly’s teenage nephew who allegedly tried to rob a barber shop but was shot by the owner earlier this month.

Cook County Judge Reginald Baker set bond for Brayel Kelly of Calumet City at $200,000, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin.

Kelly was charged as an adult Thursday with attempted armed robbery, attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

On Nov. 6 at about 11:40 a.m., Calumet City police responded to reports of a person shot at 524 155th Pl. Police arrived to find Kelly suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment, according to a release from police.

As police were responding, they also received a report of an armed robbery at Marvelous Cuts Barber Shop at 804 Burnham in Calumet City.

The victim told police a male subject came in for a hair cut and afterwards pulled a gun and demanded the victim’s jewelry and money. The robber told the victim --reportedly the shop owner -- to place the items in a plastic bag and the victim complied, police said.

As the victim handed the suspect the bag he grabbed his own weapon, but the suspect fired at him. The victim then shot at the suspect, who fled northbound on Burnham. The victim told police he believed he shot the suspect.

Brayel is the son of R. Kelly’s estranged brother Carey Kelly.

At the time of the shooting, the boy's father told reporters his son may have been a robbery victim, according to Sun-Times reports.

Alan Mayer, a spokesman for the R & B singer said the singer has no comment on the arrest of his nephew.

Brayel Kelly is scheduled to return to court for a Dec. 3 preliminary hearing.

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