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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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A Silsbee man is behind bars in Hardin County after allegedly killing 39-year-old Marcus Elam, also of Silsbee.

Reginald Carvin Kyles is being held for shooting Elam after Silsbee police responded to a call at about 1:40 p.m. Monday, April 29 regarding a gunshot victim. Elam was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Kyles was arrested following the incident and, as of publication, is being held on a $750,000 bond.

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