Aggravated robbery in Beaumont
Patrol officers quickly apprehended three suspects in a reported early morning robbery on June 21, according to a news release from the Beaumont Police Department. According to the release, at about 4:35 a.m., a complainant phoned the 911 Communications Center to report that several men had just assaulted him and stole his vehicle. Officers responded to the area of Maddox Street at Alabama Street in Beaumont’s South Park neighborhood, and spotted the silver Hyundai Elantra that the complainant said had been stolen. Officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver refused to yield and a short vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended when the driver of the stolen Hyundai got the vehicle stuck on the center median of University Drive at Caston Street. Three occupants ran from the vehicle. Officers pursued and quickly caught two of them, police report. A K9 officer later located the third occupant. Officers spoke with the 19-year-old complainant who appeared to be intoxicated on some type of unknown substance. He gave several conflicting accounts of the incident. Officers were finally able to determine that the complainant had borrowed the car from one female to go visit another female at a house in the neighborhood. Once at the house, he became involved in an argument with several males there. The argument quickly escalated into a physical fight and during the fight, one of the men used an unknown type weapon to cut the complainant. The complainant suffered a superficial laceration to his right upper torso. After the fight, three of the men took off in the vehicle the complainant had driven to the house. Officers were able to determine that the driver that fled in the Hyundai was the man who cut the complainant in the fight. They placed him, a 17-year-old Beaumont resident, under arrest for aggravated robbery and felony evading detention in a motor vehicle. The two other occupants of the stolen Hyundai were arrested and charged with misdemeanor evading detention. One of them was a 19-year-old Beaumont resident and the other was a 16-year-old Beaumont juvenile. Due to the complainant’s intoxicated state, officers also placed him under arrest for public intoxication. A local hospital treated him for the minor injury he received during the alleged robbery. Officers booked all the adults into the Jefferson County Detention Facility. They booked the juvenile into the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Detention Center. Police are not releasing names or photos of the suspects at this time because detectives need to conduct a follow-up investigation. Publicizing photos of the suspects at this time could damage the integrity of this ongoing investigation, according to BPD.