Port Arthur Police Department

Jeremy Mesa Bell | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office


Jan. 7, at about 4:47 p.m., officers from Port Arthur Police Department responded to a shooting in room 157 at the Port Arthur Inn at 3889 Gulfway Drive, City of Port Arthur spokesperson LaRisa Carpenter said in a release Jan. 8.

Chief Melvin at PAPD's Blue Santa Dec. 22 | Photo: Eleanor Skelton

Port Arthur's police chief confirmed in a statement Dec. 28 that he was a candidate for St. Louis police chief.


Port Arthur Police is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in a Nov. 24 burglary at the Dollar General in Jefferson City.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at (409) 983-8624.

Port Arthur Police also posted the video on Facebook here. 


The "Christmas Wave" of the Port Arthur Police Department/TxDOT S.T.E.P Program will commence on Friday, Dec.


The Thanksgiving wave of the Port Arthur Police Department's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) concluded Nov. 28, the department said in a release.

Chief Melvin at a first responders luncheon Jan. 30 | Photo: Eleanor Skelton
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Port Arthur Police Chief Patrick Melvin issued a response Nov. 19 to the police union's recent no-confidence vote.

Diante Malik Burrell | Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

A Port Arthur man arrested in connection with a recent fatal shooting admitted to shooting the victim in the chest, according to documents obtained from the Port Arthur Police Department.


Willie Laday, 42, is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly beating a Jefferson County teen with a tree limb as well as random wood, according to an indictment handed up against the Port Arthur man on Oct. 18.

Charles Ryan Venable

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Charles Ryan Venable, 35, of Beaumont, for stealing baby formula and baby wipes from HEB on FM 365 in Port Arthur.

June 28, witnesses at the grocery store told Port Arthur police a man in a blue shirt ran from the store with a basket of merchandise that he did not pay for, the probable cause affidavit states.

The officer located Venable in a red Ford sedan behind the Jack in the Box on FM 365.

Ariel Imanol Gomez

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Ariel Imanol Gomez, 18, of Port Arthur for theft and aggravated robbery.

July 18 at about 10:04 p.m., Port Arthur Police officers received a report of a robbery and responded to Port Arthur Fire Station No. 1.

A Domino’s Pizza employee told police that she took an order to an address on 15th Street, the indictment states. When she arrived, a man got out of a silver Honda sedan and tried to pay with a $100 bill. The man told her that he did not have change and asked her to meet him at a nearby store.