, Port Arthur, Texas

September 18, 2013

Suspect in Beaumont robbery shot, killed

The Port Arthur News

BEAUMONT — Detectives with Beaumont Police Department are investigating an attempted robbery in which one of the suspects was killed Tuesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Duayne Deandre-Devon Smith, 25, of Port Arthur.

At about 9:03 p.m. Sept. 17, patrol officers responded to a reported aggravated robbery at a game room located in the 3600 block of East Lucas. A clerk in the game room told officers that three men attempted to rob him at gunpoint. Sometime during the robbery attempt, the owner retrieved his handgun and exchanged gunfire with the robbery suspects. After the exchange of gunfire, all three suspects fled on foot, according to a press release from BPD.

When officers arrived, they located one of the suspects near the game room.  He was dead and appeared to have been struck by a bullet in the exchange of gunfire.  At the time of this preliminary release, officers had not located the remaining two suspects. The game room clerk was not injured during the robbery attempt.  

The clerk described one of the other suspects as a black male with dark skin and short hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt with below-knee length shorts with white stripes. He wore brown work-style boots.  

The clerk described the second suspect as a black male wearing all black with a light-colored shirt he used to cover his face.  He wore white sneakers.  

Both suspects were last seen running east toward the Plymouth Village Apartment Complex located in the 5800 block of Helbig.  

If any person knows the identity of these two suspects, or has any information that can lead to their identity, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 833-TIPS.