Burglary victim requests charges dropped

Port Arthur police say two men forced themselves into a woman’s home on Sunday before assaulting her and stealing her property.

Police received a report of the burglary just before 11 p.m. in the 4000 block of Griffing Drive, according to a department news release.

The release said two men forced their way into the woman’s home, assaulted her, took property from the home and then left in an “unknown direction of travel.”

The assault was not life-threatening, said detective Michael Hebert.

“She didn’t receive any physical injuries to my understanding,” he said. “But if you grab somebody and you’re in their house, and they don’t want you in their house, you’ve still laid hands on that person. Or if he pushes her to the ground — it’s not deadly force, but it is force nonetheless.”


Police located the suspects’ vehicle in the area and found the stolen property inside the vehicle before arresting a 25- and 27-year-old for burglary of a habitation. Both men are acquaintances of the victim. The 27-year-old was released for non-involvement, but the 25-year old was taken to the Jefferson County jail.

The victim came into the Port Arthur Police station around 7:30 a.m. Monday to request all charges be dropped, according to Hebert.

“Even though she signed the paperwork and had the charges dropped, the investigator still gathers all the information and sends it to the district attorney’s office for review,” Hebert said. “So he’s still in jail.”

The suspect will remain in jail until the district attorney makes a ruling.

Written by Rachel Kersey

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