PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

March 21, 2013

Armed robbery suspects arrested after chase

Mary Meaux
Port Arthur News

— Two back to back armed robberies in Groves led to a manhunt and the subsequent arrest of two Port Arthur men on Thursday.

The suspects, whose identity has not been released by police as of 6 p.m. Thursday, are described as Port Arthur residents ages 25 and 30.

The robberies, which occurred 16 minutes apart, began at 11:11 a.m. Thursday, March 21 at Fast Lane, 3911 FM 366 while the second robbery occurred at 11:27 a.m. at B&B No. 2, 3301 Cleveland.

The clerk’s in both incidents reported that two black males entered the store wearing masks. One of the men was armed with a handgun and pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money while the other suspect went around the counter and took money from the register, Lt. Kirk Rice said.

In both robberies the suspect with the gun also pointed the gun at two of the customers then fled the store in a vehicle with an undetermined amount of money. A description of the vehicle was obtained from one of the clerks and within minutes, an officer spotted the vehicle fleeing the area.

The suspect car traveled into Port Arthur and onto Lakeview Avenue where both men jumped from the moving vehicle and took off on foot. The vehicle continued forward motion and crashed into a ditch before coming to a stop not far from Travis Elementary School.

“One of the suspects was apprehended near the old Agosy Apartments (now Port Arthur Park Apartments) and the other suspect was caught after a brief foot pursuit close-by,” Rice said.

There were no reported injuries to the officers, clerks or customers in either robbery or pursuit, according to police reports.

Numerous law enforcement personnel responded to the incident and Rice offered thanks to those who assisted, which included Groves Fire Department, Port Arthur Police Department and Port Arthur Fire Department. Some SWAT members, who were in the area, also assisted.

Police in both Groves and Port Arthur are looking to see if the men are responsible for other armed robberies such as the March 18 armed robbery in Groves at B&B in the 6800 block of 25th Street.

Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony crime punishable by a term of five to 99 years or life in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.

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