Bonds totaling $75K for Beaumont man accused in double Port Arthur shooting

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A 28-year-old Beaumont man is in jail on bonds totaling $75,000 in relation to the shooting of two at Prince Hall Apartments in Port Arthur and for reportedly failing to give police correct identification information on Saturday.

Monsantha Antonio Merchant is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with $35,000 bonds and a $5,000 for failure to identify according to the Jefferson County Jail Roster.

Police were called at approximately 1:21 p.m. Saturday to the shooting at the apartment complex, 914 West 14th St., where one victim was found between two apartments on the west side of the complex.

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Another victim arrived at the police station where she collapsed from her injuries.

During the investigation it was discovered the two victims and the suspect were involved in a physical altercation.

Police say that during the altercation the suspect produced a handgun and shot the two victims. The victims were brought to St. Elizabeth Hospital Trauma Center as a result of their wounds.

A suspect was located in a near-by apartment and was arrested.

Police did not have an update on the victims’ conditions as of Monday evening.