Manhunt rattles Beaumont's West End neighborhood

Manhunt rattles Beaumont's West End neighborhood

Two men are in custody after police say they were prowling a West End home in order to burglarize it.

Police responded to the 800 block of Shakespeare on Wednesday, April 3, about 11:52 a.m. to find a woman who told them two unknown men rang her doorbell and began prowling her garage.

“When we got there, we didn’t find (them) at the time,” said BPD spokesman Rob Flores “But officers continued to search the area and they found two males in the same vicinity.”

As officers interviewed the subjects, one man pulled what police described as a sawed-off shotgun on officers and both suspects fled police. Police apprehended one subject after a short foot chase and the other hours later.

“An officer was able to wrestle the shotgun away from him and both subjects took off running,” Flores said. 

The first man police apprehended led police on a foot chase through a number of businesses in Beaumont's West End. 

“We saw him crossing the canal right there around Mid-South Bank in the 500 block of Dowlen,” Flores said of the first subject in the moments after the chase. “And then we chased him from there to Buckner’s and took him into custody at Buckner’s on Calder.”

Flores later identified the first man they apprehended as Jarrit R. Banks, 22, of Beaumont and the man who allegedly pulled a shotgun as Juan K. Roberts, 17, of Beaumont. 

Police are charging Banks with burglary of a habitation after finding property taken from a home in the 6800 block of Hialeah and is currently housed in the Jefferson County Jail on a $15,000 bond, Flores said.

“Burglary detectives will come and they probably will be able to tie him to some burglaries in this area from property that he had on him,” Flores said.

Roberts was charged with felony resisting arrest and given a $15,000 bond, but bonded out jail Thursday morning, according to Flores. 

No injuries were reported.