Beaumont man indicted in game room robbery

Beaumont man indicted in game room robbery

A Beaumont man has been arrested and was indicted March 8 for his suspected role in a game room robbery that occurred Jan. 4, reports the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

According to the indictment and probable cause affidavit for his arrest, 43-year-old Joseph Derrick Moore is facing aggravated robbery charges after he allegedly dropped off two armed men at the game room located in the 3600 block of Stagg Drive in Beaumont and then assisted them in stealing from the business before speeding away with them in the getaway vehicle. Moore reportedly drove up to the business in a damaged maroon Chevrolet Suburban. He then entered the business and sat down at one of the 8-liner machines. The clerk working at the game room told police Moore was texting on his phone just before two men wielding handguns entered the business. The two suspects then forced the clerk into the office at the business and demanded cash, she told police. The two men then locked the clerk in the office and fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash. Moore then unlocked the office before also quickly leaving the scene, the clerk told officers. 

The clerk later reported to police that she had spoken to a security guard who works at another game room about the incident. The man was able to identify the suspect vehicle and provided police with photographs of it. The vehicle matched the description given by the clerk. The vehicle was also identified in surveillance video from the robbery, and the two suspects could be seen entering Moore's Suburban following the incident, according to the PC affidavit. Officers picked up and questioned Moore, who they say admitted to his role in the robbery. 

If convicted of the first-degree felony, Moore faces 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

According to the affidavit, the clerk who told police about the robbery was terminated for "procedure violations" after reporting the crime to authorities against her immediate supervisor's orders. 

An indictment is not evidence of guilt.