Gas station robbed on Twin City Highway

Ajohntay Griffin

On August 17, around 6 p.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies responded to a robbery in progress call at the Valero gas station on Twin City Highway at Spurlock Road, Capt. Crystal Holmes said in a release.

A citizen witnessed the incident and was able to follow the suspect vehicle. The store clerk was able to give a good suspect vehicle description and it was broadcast. Deputies coming up Spurlock Road saw the suspect vehicle quickly turning onto Central Boulevard.

When deputies caught up to the suspect vehicle and activated their emergency lights, three black males jumped out of the rolling vehicle, which went through a residential yard and came to a stop up against a fence. The suspects ran in between houses and over to the canal.

Deputies were able to take one suspect into custody immediately, a 16 year old juvenile from Beaumont, but lost sight of the other two as they ran in between some houses after crossing over Spurlock Road. A perimeter was set and a search was conducted.

Deputies found another suspect, Ajohntay Griffin,19, of Beaumont. Griffin was hiding under a nearby house on Spurlock Road. He was arrested and after questioning, booked into the Jefferson County Jail for aggravated robbery, with a $200,000 bond.

Later, deputies found another possible suspect walking near the intersection of 18th Street and Spurlock Road. He was dirty and had some minor injuries. He was identified and questioned. He was later released. An arrest could be forthcoming pending eye-witness statements and additional evidence.

The suspect vehicle, which was reported stolen in Beaumont on August 15, was towed and it will be searched pending a signed search warrant.

We would like to commend the citizens in that area for their quick thinking and kindness during this investigation. It was very hot, and the cold water was very much appreciated.

- Jefferson County Sheriff's Office