Bat-wielding woman assists in capture of Port Arthur burglary suspect

Jacob Jermaine Alpough

Police in Port Arthur, with the help of a "bat-wielding citizen," have arrested a 33-year-old resident there after receiving a report of a burglary in progress at an apartment complex.

According to a news release from the Port Arthur Police Department, officers responded to a burglary in progress at the Villa Main Apartments in the 900 block of Main Avenue at 3:25 a.m. on July 31. Responding officers were reportedly on the scene within a minute of receiving the call. It was reported that a man had forced entry into an apartment at the complex through the female resident's front door. The woman confronted the suspect, brandishing a baseball bat at him in order to protect her children and property, PAPD stated in the release.

PAPD reports that the preliminary investigation led them to believe the suspect, identified as Jacob Jermaine Alpough, was intoxicated on an unknown substance. For that reason and because the victim of the crime was able to defend her home, said police, officers were easily able to apprehend Alpough.

PAPD officers arrested Alpough for burglary of a habitation. He was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he remained at the time of the release.

According to a criminal database search, Alpough spent time in state jail for previous drug convictions.