suspicious package

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?"


A suspicious package was allegedly reported in the area of HEB grocery and Bay Bright car wash on Dowlen Road in Beaumont the morning of Tuesday, May 22, according to employees of nearby businesses. Traffic was being diverted in the area, with limited access to properties and stores.

Additional information from police at the scene detailed the scenario as first responders and bomb squad officers arrived to find an unattended box left in the median of the roadway between Alter’s Gem Jewelers and Delaware Street.

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.


Before 7 a.m. Thursday morning, April 26, Beaumont police and emergency first responders were called to the Starbucks on Dowlen Road in Beaumont to investigate a suspicious package located at the coffee shop.
According to a report from the scene, a Starbucks employee found a letter reading “die USA” upon opening an unattended package left at the store earlier in the week. The package, which was sealed “Priority Mail” and left unopened inside the coffee shop for almost two days, reportedly contained other unidentified material as well.

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.


Police units were at the Federal Courthouse in Beaumont on April 10 investigating a report of a "suspicious package," according to officers at the scene at about 2:30 p.m.

One officer said all seems well as investigators wrap up the investigation. Pearl Street was blocked at Calder, and other side streets surrounding the courthouse were blocked off as a safety precaution.