Police say a series of break-ins Monday left one man in the hospital and at least two suspects on the run.
On Monday, July 15, at about 8 p.m., police responded to the 1300 block of Threadneedle to find a man they later identified as 17-year-old Leonard Guillory climbing inside the house.
According to a BPD press release, police gave chase when Guillory fled, scaling at least one 6-foot fence before being taken into custody.
Another suspect was inside the home when police arrived but managed to escape on foot, the press release said.
Guillory was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on charges of burglary of a habitation, and evading arrest. His bond is set at $20,000 for burglary and $250 for evading arrest.
Before the Threadneedle burglary, police responded to an attempted robbery in the 4300 block of Dallas Street in Beaumont’s North End.
Upon their arrival, police found one man had been involved in a shooting and was critically wounded. When they interviewed the homeowner, police said the man received a knock on the door at 3 a.m. and answered the door armed with a small handgun.
Police said the suspect attempted to fool the homeowner into thinking he was a friend in need of some gasoline. But as soon the homeowner stepped onto his porch, he was immediately attacked by a second suspect wearing what police identified as a Halloween-style mask. The homeowner opened fire on the man, striking him three times, once in the head, according to the press release.
Officers later found a small handgun and a BB gun used by the suspects but weren’t able to detain the man who knocked on the door, who police say fled on foot and is still at large.
BPD spokesman Doug Kibodeaux said the wounded man is still at St. Elizabeth’s ICU where he is recovering from his wounds.
“He’s still in pretty bad shape, but they got the bullet out and everything,” Kibodeaux said of surgeons who operated on the man’s head.
Kibodeaux went on to say the man will likely recover from his ordeal and will be released into police custody and charged with aggravated robbery. Police are also anxious to find the man’s accomplice.
“It’s just a matter of time,” Kibodeaux said of finding the second man involved in the Dallas Street robbery. “We’ll probably know a whole lot more when (he) wakes up in the hospital.”
Kibodeaux said homeowners should be wary of late-night visitors.
“Just don’t open the door unless you’re absolutely sure you know who’s on the other side,” Kibodeaux said. “Cause once the door’s open, they can force themselves in. Once you open the door, it’s really kind of too late.”
Beaumont police disrupt another burglary
Tuesday, July 16, at 5:33 p.m., a homeowner in the 2100 block of Ratcliff called to report a burglary in progress. His home had been burglarized earlier in the day. He left and when he returned, he observed a male by his house. He called the police and stayed out of sight. Officers responded and after a brief chase, arrested 17-year-old Denzel Lewis of Beaumont and 18-year-old Tevin Semien of Beaumont. They were both apprehended with stolen property. The two suspects had entered the residence through a window by removing an air conditioning unit. Lewis and Semien were transported to Jefferson County Jail and booked in for burglary of a habitation with a $35,000 bond each.