A former senior correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont was indicted May 1 on charges that he used unlawful force on an inmate and then submitted a false incident report.

According to the indictment, Tavoris Bottley, 33, was working at the complex on June 8, 2017, when he assaulted an inmate by punching the inmate in the head three times. The defendant then allegedly submitted an incident report that omitted these punches and falsely cited the inmate for attempting to assault staff.


A 20-year-old Port Arthur man was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas for the armed robbery of a Beaumont business.

Jamon Roshaud Brooks was named in a two-count indictment charging him with Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during the a crime of violence. The indictment was returned by the grand jury on May 1.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 21, 2018, Brooks weilded a firearm while robbing a business located on Stillwater Drive in Beaumont, which engaged in, and affected interstate commerce, in violation of the Hobbs Act.


On May 3, at about 8:30 a.m., Beaumont police officers responded to Longshoreman's Hall in reference to a disturbance that led to an aggravated assault with a knife. 

Upon their arrival, witnesses told officers a man had been stabbed and thrown in a nearby dumpster. Fire and EMs responders found a 52-year-old victim, described as transient, and transported him to a local hospital.


Beaumont police officers were called to the area of Franklin and Avenue C in reference to a robbery in progress on May 3, at about 5 a.m. 

Arriving officers located a 45-year-old victim who told them the suspect, identified as Frank Brown, 22, of Beaumont, had approached him while he was walking to work and threatened him with a firearm. The victim gave Brown his money with Brown promptly fleeing on foot. 

Brown was located in the vicinity, matching the description given to officers by dispatch. Discard clothing and a gun were also found. 


The U.S. Attorney's Office presented two cases to the grand jury and on May 1, after hearing information presented, Bernard Bell, 26, and Brian Alfred, 43, were indicted for separate incidents. 

Bernard James Bell was arrested on Apr. 17, pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with felon in possession of a firearm.