Beaumont man indicted in 10-year-old Port Arthur cold case

Published 4:58 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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A Beaumont man who reportedly told police he was the person who shot and killed Eric Noel 10 years ago was indicted on a charge of murder.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Damond Lewis, 47, walked into the Port Arthur Police Department Friday and made a statement implicating himself in the crime.

During the interview Lewis allegedly reiterated details given by witnesses who saw the disturbance that preceded the killing.

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Lewis reportedly admitted to finding Noel and shooting him.

The killing goes back to Deb. 14, 2014, as officers were at a different call and heard multiple gunshots being fired to the west of them.

The officers notified dispatch and they went back to see where the shots came from.

While checking the area they began to receive phone calls and of the callers said there was a male in the 800 block of 9th Street. The male was still alive but with multiple gunshot wounds.

One of the officers attempted to speak with Noel but could barely hear him speak. The officer rode in the ambulance with the victim but was not able to get any information. Noel was later identified by his tattoos

He died from the gunshot wounds.

In the years since the homicide there was information that Noel was involved in a disturbance at BJ’s Convenience Store, 1201 7th St. prior to being shot. This was observed by witnesses, the document read.

Lewis was arrested on the murder charge and bond set at $45,000.

Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso said the arrest of Lewis brings closure to the victim’s family.