Murder warrant issued; police looking for suspect following arson and homicide

Published 4:25 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Beaumont Police Department detectives have obtained a murder warrant for Channin Keon Ardoin, a 39-year-old Beaumont man.

Ardoin is wanted in connection with the homicide of Jason West on Oct. 7.

If you have information about this investigation or the whereabouts of Ardoin, contact Beaumont Police at 409-832-1234.

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West, 41, was identified as the deceased person found in the 4500 block of Dallas Avenue following a house fire.

The positive identification came during the arson investigation Oct. 7 in the 4500 block of Dallas Avenue.

West’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Investigators previously said Ardoin has information about the structure fire.

At 9:32 a.m., officers responded to the 4500 block of Dallas Avenue to assist Beaumont Fire Rescue with a structure fire. Fire Attack Teams entered the structure and extinguished the fire.

A fire investigator discovered a deceased person inside the residence.

Beaumont Fire Investigators and Beaumont Police Investigators are working to investigate the suspected arson and deceased person investigation.

West’s blue 2012 Hyundai Sonata was not located at the scene.

Beaumont investigators believe Ardoin drove the victim’s blue Hyundai Sonata northbound on Highway 69 from Beaumont to Huntington where he was spotted by a Huntington police officer.

He then fled from the officer until he wrecked the car on the parking lot of Metal Mart on Highway 69, approximately a mile from the Lufkin city limits.

He then fled on foot and remains at-large.