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June 18, 2013

Police nab PN robbery suspect after lengthy search

PORT NECHES — A 39-year-old Groves man who is a person of interest in three Mid-County robberies was apprehended by police in Port Arthur early Tuesday morning, according to a press release issued by Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine.

On Monday, June 17, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Port Neches Police Officer Marty Riley, on foot patrol in the Ridgewood Apartments parking lot, 695 Ridgewood Drive, saw a man enter the Super Star No. 2, 3180 Merriman Street, and run out a short while later to a gray Ford 150 pickup parked in the 700 block of Ridgewood.

Suspecting a robbery had taken place, Riley attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect refused and attempted to flee the area north on Ridgewood Drive. After it was confirmed that the suspect had taken an undetermined amount of money from the Super Star No. 2, a pursuit ensued out of Port Neches, continuing into Nederland and Port Arthur, where the vehicle became disabled near the intersection of Lake Arthur Drive and Anchor Drive. The suspect fled into a nearby wooded area.

Officers from Port Arthur Police Department, Port Neches Police Department, Nederland Police Department, Groves Police Department, the Department of Public Safety and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department joined in the search, along with office helicopter. The officers searched the area until approximately 3 a.m. without locating the suspect.

At approximately 4:30 a.m., officers received information that the suspect was at the Exxpress Mart on Jimmy Johnson Blvd. From there, the man was transported to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas for numerous abrasions from briars and thorns. Upon release, he was transported to the Port Neches Police Department for questioning, and then to the Jefferson County Jail.

The suspect is also a person of interest in two other robberies in Mid County.

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