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The Liberty County Sheriff's Office reported that at about 11:45 p.m., Sunday evening, Aug. 18, deputies responded to a 911 call reporting two men were found laying in the roadway of CR 428 in South Liberty County after gunshots were heard. 

The victims were identified as 20-year-old Christopher Allen Wells and 24-year-old Quintin Lee Brown, both of Dayton, were riding their bicycles in the area when a dark-colored truck, pulled alongside them. 

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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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