Man provides work visa out of Puerto Rico, flees traffic stop on foot

A JCSO deputy initiated a stop on a vehicle on Fannett Road at about 8:35 a.m.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies and officers with the Beaumont Police Department are still searching for a man who reportedly fled from a deputy during a traffic stop on the morning of Aug. 26, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Deputy Rod Carroll reported at about 3:30 p.m.

According to Chief Carroll, a JCSO deputy initiated a stop on a vehicle on Fannett Road at about 8:35 a.m. The driver was acting “very nervous,” said Carroll. The man reportedly provided the deputy with a work visa out of Puerto Rico and then fled on foot from the scene of the stop.

“We ran Beaumont’s dogs and they didn’t come up with anything, so the TDCJ dogs went out and got a scent, but they couldn’t find him,” Carroll said. “He’s been spotted twice. They’ve got him locked down now.”

Carroll reports the search has extended over 40 to 50 acres of thick woods going from the Beaumont ISD’s Thomas Stadium to behind the Petro station off Interstate 10. He said the search team has narrowed the search and believes they have the suspect cornered in a smaller area. Carroll indicated the search had been difficult due to the thick woods and underbrush.

Carroll said the man likely fled in an attempt to avoid arrest for a parole violation and for two separate warrants, one from a hit-and-run in Baton Rouge and the other for marijuana possession in Florida. His name is being withheld until positive identification can be made upon the suspect’s arrest, reports Carroll.