The Port Arthur News
A group of citizens who witnessed a man steal a purse from an unlocked vehicle chased the suspect through a Groves neighborhood and helped police locate the man on Tuesday.
The incident began around 3:58 p.m. Dec. 3 at Super Stop, 6900 32nd St. when the 64-year-old victim saw the theft and yelled for help. Witnesses in the area chased the suspect through the neighborhood.
“People who were in the store all jumped in to help as well as people who were driving in to the store,” Groves City Marshal Jeff Wilmore said.
The witnesses then caught up with the suspect and while in the process of attempting to retrieve the purse were assaulted by the suspect. This allowed the suspect to escape and he ran into a local neighborhood. After a short search he was located in the 2800 block of Maple and subsequently captured by Groves Police Officers responding to the call.
While police searched for the suspect Taft Elementary School was briefly locked down as a precaution, according to an official with Port Neches-Groves ISD.
During the course of the investigation, the vehicle that the suspect drove to the store was found to have been stolen at around 11 a.m. from a business in Port Arthur, Wilmore said. The vehicle was recovered and will be returned to the owner.
Wilmore said officers from Port Neches Police Department and Fire Marshal’s office assisted the Groves officers in the chase.
The suspect, whose name has not bee released, is a 19-year-old Port Arthur resident. He was charged with robbery, which is a second degree felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, which is a state jail felony.