Robbery suspect killed by game room operator

Duayne Deandre-Devon Smith

Detectives are investigating an attempted robbery of D’s Gift Shop in which one of the suspects was killed.

At about 9:03 p.m. Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, patrol officers responded to a reported aggravated robbery of D’s Gift Shop, a game room in the 3600 block of East Lucas. A clerk in the game room told officers that three men attempted to rob him at gunpoint. Sometime during the robbery attempt, the owner retrieved his handgun and exchanged gunfire with the robbery suspects. After the exchange of gunfire, all three suspects fled on foot.

When officers arrived, they located one of the suspects near the game room. Duayne Deandre-Devon Smith, a 25-year-old resident of Port Arthur, was dead and appeared to have been struck by a bullet in the exchange of gunfire.

A preliminary press release from BPD said officers had not located the remaining two suspects. The game room clerk was not injured during the robbery attempt. 

The clerk described one of the other suspects as a black male with dark skin and short hair.  He was wearing a white T-shirt with below-knee length shorts with white stripes.  He wore brown work-style boots.

The clerk described the second suspect as a black male wearing all black with a light-colored shirt he used to cover his face.  He wore white sneakers. 

Both suspects were last seen running east toward the Plymouth Village Apartment Complex in the 5800 block of Helbig. 

If any person knows the identity of these two suspects, or has any information that can lead to their identity, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS.