Port Arthur Police Department

Armando Negrete Jr.

UPDATE: Armando Negrete Jr. is in custody after being arrested Wednesday, Jan. 9, at approximately 2 a.m. on 64th Street in the Port Acres area of Port Arthur.

The Port Arthur Police Department is asking Southeast Texans for their help in apprehending a wanted fugitive, 36-year-old Armando Negrete Jr., who has two outstanding warrants for burglary of a habitation. Each warrants carry a bond of $500,000. 

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Port Arthur Police Department announced Friday, Jan. 4, that multiple K-9 units will be joining their ranks. While the department already has five dual-purposeK-9s, meaning trained to detect narcotics and assist officers in biting and holding suspects, and one narcotic dog amongst them, they have plans to purchase three more dual-purpose dogs and one narcotic K-9. Three of the new dogs are planned to be trained and in service by the end of the month with the fourth coming in late March. 

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A 41-year-old, male gunshot victim was pronounced deceased the early morning of Sunday, Dec. 3, according to a press release from Port Arthur Police Department.

The victim was found after Port Arthur Police responded to the 400 block of Procter Street in reference to a shooting. After arriving they found the victim in the 400 block of Fort Worth Avenue, from there he was transported to The Southeast Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased due to his injuries. Port Arthur Police Detectives are currently handling the investigation. 

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Port Arthur Police officers with the help of the Jefferson County warrant division arrested 69-year-old OC Thomas on Nov. 21, for the October murder of Michael Lynn Thomas, 56 of Port Arthur. 

Information from PAPD shows Michael Thomas was shot in the torso Oct. 24 at Fabric Care WAashateria on 25th Street in Port Arthur. At the time, he was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Bond for OC Thomas is set at $1.5 million.

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Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) SWAT and narcotics officers arrested three men on drug charges and seized two vehicles after reportedly discovering more than 12 pounds of synthetic marijuana and pretty packages apparently prepped for distribution.

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Port Arthur Police are asking for help in identifying this suspect.

Port Arthur Police Department is asking for the community's help in identifying a suspect in multiple auto burglaries around Port Arthur. Any citizens with information can contact Detective Boudreaux at (409) 983-8645. 

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A 28-year-old Port Arthur man was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital after being shot on Saturday, Nov. 4 in the 4100 block of 32ndStreet. According to a press release from Port Arthur Police Department, the victim is on critical condition. Port Arthur Police are investigating the shooting. 

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating the fatal shooting of a 56-year-old man found on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the 2900 block of 25th Street with a gunshot wound to his torso area.

According to a press release from the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD), the victim was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital from the scene for emergency medical treatment; however, he did not survive his injuries.

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a home invasion of a residence there and searching for the suspects who held a homeowner at gunpoint while they robbed him, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD). 

According to PAPD, officers responded to a call reporting the home invasion on Aug. 31. Upon arrival at the targeted residence, officers learned that several suspects entered the home, held the victim at gunpoint and removed several items from the residence before fleeing the scene. The homeowner was unharmed. 

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Police in Port Arthur are investigating a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian in critical condition at a local hospital, reports the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD).

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