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Robber fires shot in Beaumont store parking lot

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Beaumont police are looking for a man who fired a gun in the parking lot of the Target Store Thursday night.

Beaumont Police Sgt. Rob Flores tells 12 News a woman, 24, of Orange, was approached by a man in the parking lot around 5:40 p.m. She said the man tried to take her purse and the two struggled. She said the man pulled out a handgun and fired one round into the pavement, so she let go of the purse. The man then ran to an older model green pickup.

Police say the man was last seen driving north on the Eastex Freeway service road.

Police say the man was not injured in the robbery.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Beaumont Crime Stoppers at (409) 833-TIPS (8477.) You do not have to give your name and could be eligible for a cash reward. You can also use the link on the left side of this page to give Crime Stoppers an on-line tip.

The Beaumont Police Department Thursday night issued the following news release:

An armed robber fired one shot into the ground during a robbery in the parking lot of the Target Shopping Center.

The victim, a 24-year-old female from Orange, was walking back to her car after shopping at Target.  As she approached her car, a man confronted her and tried to forcibly take her purse.  The woman resisted and struggled with the man.  He then pulled out a handgun and fired one shot into the asphalt of the parking lot. The robber was then able to take the purse and he ran away through the parking lot.  He got into a green older model truck and fled northbound on the Eastex Freeway Service Road.  The woman was not physical injured during the robbery.

The woman described the robber as a black male,  5'10" – 6'00", with a medium build and facial hair.  He was wearing a gray hoodie and dark colored pants. 

Patrol Officers searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect.  Detectives took statements from the victim and several witnesses. 

When we identify and locate the man, we will charge him with aggravated robbery.


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