Shootings and Robberies plague Port Arthur over the weekend
Two men are in custody for their alleged roles in two separate shootings, a family is recovering after being robbed in the middle of the night Saturday and a delivery truck driver was robbed at shotgun point late Sunday night to end what was arguably the most crime-ridden weekend of the summer in Port Arthur.
Not to mention a fire at the nightclub, Da Spot, 211 6th St, where one of the shootings took place, that according to various reports, has been destroyed as a result of extensive damage. Port Arthur Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Washburn said the cause of the fire is undetermined and still under investigation.
Da Spot was the scene of the shooting late early Sunday morning where several people went to St. Mary's with non-life threatening gunshot wounds, while one victim was transported to St. Elizabeth in Beaumont and is listed in critical condition. Port Arthur Police arrested Cedric Ross Robinson, 19, in connection with the shooting and he is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He's sitting in the Jefferson County Jail with a $50,000 bond.
In the city's other shooting, which occurred around the time of the nightclub shooting, police were summoned to the 5100 block of 7th Street where a drive-by was reported. There, police found a car leaving the area at a "high rate of speed" and eventually tracked the fleeing car to an apartment complex where officers found the suspect from the car who confessed to the shooting. He was identified as 24-year-old DeJuan Akeem James, and he's being held at the Jefferson County Jail on a count of deadly conduct for discharging a firearm in connection with a drive-by shooting. His bond has been set at $40,000.
Later in the day on Sunday, a delivery truck driver from Houston was picking up a package in Port Arthur around 10:19 p.m. in the 900 block of San Jacinto. When the man, 47, got out of his truck, he was approached by another man with either a "rifle or shotgun" and was told to turn around. The suspect made off with the victim's wallet, and then jumped into a car before fleeing north on San Jacinto. The victim said the car appeared to be a sports car, similar to a Mustang or Camaro. The victim was not injured.
And finally, early Saturday morning around 3:45 a.m., in the 600 block of 48th Street, police reported that "several black males" entered a home - heavily armed - and took a male victim from the home while several of the bandits stayed at the house and "kept the other residents at the home at gunpoint."
The male victim who was taken out of the house was found by police at another location with minor injuries. A white Nissan Armada was stolen from the residence, but no license plate information was available. The suspects are still at large. Anyone with information regarding any of the above incidents is asked to call Port Arthur Police at 409-983-8624.