BEAUMONT, Texas — A Jefferson County grand jury handed up an indictment Wednesday to a 17-year-old Port Arthur teen accused of multiple armed Beaumont robberies.
Devien Cohea was allegedly part of a carjacking and multiple armed robberies police said. He is currently in the Jefferson County Jail being held on a more than $1.1 million bond, according to jail records.
On Jan. 1, 2021, Beaumont police were called to a gas station on the 1600 block of College Street in reference to an auto theft, according to a probable cause affidavit. Upon arrival, officials discovered a man was robbed at gunpoint and his white Nissan Titan was stolen.
Video surveillance of that day showed a black Ford Expedition pull into the gas station parking lot. Two male suspects got out of the truck, robbed the victim at gunpoint, left with his vehicle and the Ford Expedition.
On Feb. 2, 2021, multiple armed robberies and shootings were reported throughout Beaumont.
Early Feb. 3, 2021 morning, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Cohea that matched the description of the suspected vehicle involved in earlier robberies and shootings.
Cohea attempted to flee, and crashed in the 3000 block of Avenue E. Other occupants in the truck got away, but Cohea surrendered, according to Beaumont police.
Cohea was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm, unlawful carry of a weapon and evading arrest with a motor vehicle.
During an interview with detectives, Cohea admitted to being involved in the news year's robbery. He was able to provide detectives with details of the robbery that confirmed he was present during it, according to a probable cause affidavit.
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From a February 2021 probable cause affidavit:
On 01-21-2021, at approximately 9:22 pm officers of the Beaumont Police Department were dispatched to 1695 College St. (Amigo's Gas Station — Beaumont, Jefferson County, TX) in reference to an auto theft.
Upon arrival, it was discovered that the victim (H/M Jose Hernandez) was robbed at gunpoint and his vehicle (white Nissan Titan) was stolen during the robbery.
Video surveillance from the store shows a black Ford Expedition pull into the parking lot and two males exit the vehicle and demand Hernandez out of his truck at gunpoint. The two males then steal Hernandez's truck and leave the parking lot along with the Ford Expedition that brought them there.
On 02-02-2021 multiple armed robberies and shootings were reported throughout the city of Beaumont, TX.
In the early morning hours of 02-03-2021 an officer with the Beaumont Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle involved in the earlier robberies and shooting. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and identified as B/M Devien Cohea 01-27-2004.
During an interview with detectives Cohea admitted to being involved in the aggravated robbery that occurred at 1695 College St. on 01-21-2021. Cohea was able to provide detectives with details of the robbery that confirmed he was present during the incident.