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The Texas Department of Public Safety received a report of an auto-pedestrian crash on Highway 69 at about 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 19. The crash took place in front of the Jefferson County Jail and resulted in the death of the pedestrian. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the man killed had just been released from the jail shortly before the collision. 

DPS identified the man as Daniel Montano, 29, of Groves. He was struck by a 2011 GMC pickup and pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ransom Jones.

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Beaumont police officers were called to a shooting on Aug. 17 at about 5:45 p.m. in the area of Dowlen Road and Eastex. Officers quickly arrived and discovered a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The victim was identified as Jesse Angel Rodriguez, 20, of Beaumont.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a disturbance had take place inside CiCi's restaurant prior to the shooting. The victim was shot while driving, just after leaving the parking lot.

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On Aug. 18, at about 8:15 p.m., officers with the Port Arthur Police Department were dispatched to a theft that had taken place at 1201 Seventh St. Officers obtained a description of the suspect and located a man fitting the description nearby. 

It was found that the victim had been assaulted during a purse snatching. The suspect was arrested and booked for robbery. The man's identity has not been released as of publication and the incident was under investigation by PAPD's Criminal Investigations Division. 

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On Aug. 15, at about 1:40 p.m. the Port Arthur Police Department's Narcotics and Gun Unit executeed a search warrant at Prince Hall Village Apartments, located at 1021 W. 13th St. During the search, two stolen firearms were recovered along with crack cocaine, ecstasy pills and a large amount of marijuana. 

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Aug. 14, at about 10:15 a.m. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 17000 block Burrell Wingate Road in reference to a burglary that had just taken place.

The caller informed dispatchers that upon his arrival home, he noticed a suspicious truck in his driveway with several of his belongings in the bed of the truck. Two suspects quickly sped away from the scene and the homeowner followed as he contacted 911 and was able to provide them with location updates. A nearby JCSO deputy intercepted the suspect vehicle and followed them to a dead-end road.

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