Beaumont Police Department

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Joe Brown announced Friday, May 25, that 40-year-old Jonathan Torres has been arrested in connection to two verified explosive devices left at locations in Beaumont’s West End as well as taunting police with correspondence such as a postcard reading, "Would you like to play a game?"

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Statement from the Beaumont Police Department:

On April 26 and May 10, two devices were discovered by the Beaumont Police Department; the second device caused damage at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Our law enforcement officers and police staff all take this investigation very seriously and we are working tirelessly with our allied partners to protect the citizens of our community. Keeping everyone safe is our shared and number one priority. Thankfully, to date no one has been injured.

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Photo by Kyle Swearingen

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in partnership with Beaumont Police Department (BPD) and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are investigating suspicious circumstances involving damage to the church office building of Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in the 4000 block of Delaware, apparently the result of a small explosion, which necessitated the evacuation of students at All Saints' School located on the church campus.

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Police are investigating an accidental shooting that injured a 14-year-old, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to a news release from Officer Haley Morrow, officers responded to the 11300 block of Loop Road at about 1:20 p.m. on March 12 in reference to a shooting victim. Preliminary investigation revealed that an 8-year-old child was playing with a firearm inside the residence, when it discharged, striking a 14-year-old family member in the leg. The 14-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The investigation is ongoing.

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Police in Beaumontare investigating a shooting that left two people injured at a local club over the weekend, reports the Beaumont Police Department (BPD).

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A man riding a motorcycle was killed in an accident March 10, reports Officer Haley Morrow of the Beaumont Police Department.

Beaumont Police responded to the 4500 block of Magnolia at 5:53 p.m.in reference to a major traffic crash involving a motorcycle. Investigation revealed that a pick-up truck turned in front of the motorcyclist, who was traveling southbound on Magnolia. Beaumont EMS responded and transported the victim to St.ElizabethHospitalwhere he died a short time later. The victim was identified as 57-year-old Ronald Davis. 

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A 45-year-old Kountze man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced Feb. 28.

John Edward Burns pleaded guilty on Aug. 16, 2017, to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

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Police in Beaumont are investigating a shooting that left one woman injured, reports Officer Carol Riley.

According to Riley, officers responded to the area of Tulane and St. Helena in reference to a shooting at 8:25 p.m. Feb. 25. The victim told police that her boyfriend shot her at their residence in the 2200 block of  Earl.

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Matthew Norman, 27, was arrested for burglary of a building Feb. 20 after police responded to a burglary in progress at Family Dollar located at 1550 Calder Ave. in Beaumont.

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Mark Avery Rudd

Update from the Eastern District of Texas, Feb. 9:

A 27-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson.

Mark Avery Rudd was arrested today pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with possession of an unregistered destructive device.  Rudd appeared in federal court this afternoon on the charges.

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