Beaumont Police have a man in custody they say is responsible for a string of robberies that have happened in Beaumont's west end over the past two weeks. The announcement came at a news conference held Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, Beaumont Police Detectives got a warrant for the arrest of Scott Allen Wills Jr, 21, of Beaumont, charging him with a robbery that happened March 26 in the 6200 block of Afton Lane. Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Nancy Beaulieu set his bond at $300,000.
Once the warrant was obtained, Beaumont officers began searching for Wills.
Shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, police say Wills, along with two others identified by police as Malik Washington 21 and Ariel Malveaux, 21, both of Beaumont, committed two more robberies in Lumberton. During the first robbery they confronted a woman in the 200 block of Village Creek Parkway. A handgun was used to abduct her and make her drive to an ATM where they made her withdraw money.
During the second robbery, they confronted two women in the 100 block of Dennis Drive. One of the female victims was able to reach her handgun. She shot Wills once in the abdomen. Wills, Washington and Malveaux were later arrested by Beaumont Police at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.
As of 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Wills remains in police custody at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. A police spokesperson said once Wills is discharged he will be taken to the Jefferson County Jail for the original robbery warrant.
Washington and Malveaux are in the custody of the Lumberton Police Department facing two counts of aggravated robbery.
Washington also has an additional charge of aggravated kidnapping.
All Hardin County warrants were signed by Judge Butch Cummings.
All three suspects face the possibility of additional robbery charges.