Nederland police arrest Port Arthur man after failed jugging

Nederland police arrest Port Arthur man after failed jugging

Police arrested a 19-year-old Port Arthur man after he allegedly robbed an elderly man at gunpoint as he returned from the ATM with cash Dec. 26, reports Chief Darrell Bush. The thief didn't get the man's money though and grabbed a napkin instead.

According to Bush, Nederland police officers responded to an aggravated robbery in the 800 block of S 13th Street at approximately 1 p.m. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the 85-year-old male victim who stated he had returned home from withdrawing money from the ATM at a local bank. He reportedly told officers that he had pulled into his driveway and was about to exit his vehicle when he was approached by a man brandishing a chrome automatic pistol. He stated the suspect stuck the gun in his face and demanded money. The victim stated he did not have any money. Then, the suspect reportedly reached into the victim’s shirt pocket and removed a paper napkin before fleeing. 

An observant neighbor told investigators that he saw a maroon vehicle stop in front of the victim’s residence. Then, a black male exited the vehicle carrying a pistol and ran to the victim’s vehicle. The witness said that shortly afterward he saw the suspect leaving the scene in an older model maroon Buick Century. The neighbor was able to take photographs of the suspect and the vehicle. Once officers had copies of the photos of the suspect and the vehicle, they had an even better description of the perpetrator. Officers were also able to obtain video of both the victim at the ATM as well as video of the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot of the bank. Police theorized that the suspect followed the victim to his home after witnessing him making the ATM withdrawal, an example of what is being referred to as "jugging."

Police did not immeditately find the suspect, but had a good idea of who they were looking for and what kind of vehicle he was driving. At approximately 9:42 a.m. on Dec. 27, Sgt. Kevin Jones of the Nederland Police Department observed a vehicle and suspect matching the description of the suspect vehicle sitting in a bank parking lot - apparently looking for his next victim. Jones detained the suspect and requested consent to search his vehicle. The suspect refused, but officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle signed by Judge Raquel West.  While conducting the search, officers located a chrome automatic pistol matching the description of the weapon used in the aggravated robbery.

The suspect, identified as Jamal McIntyre, 19, of Port Arthur, is currently in the Jefferson County Jail on the accusation of tampering with evidence. Aggravated robbery charges are expected to be filed in the near future.