UPDATE (Oct. 11) — The person who was found dead in the Beaumont fire Friday was identified as 41-year-old Jason West, of Beaumont. Officials said the fire was ruled as arson.

His death was ruled a homicide, according to police. Investigators have not yet located Channin Keon Ardoin, but he is a person of interest and has a felony theft warrant, police said.


UPDATE — The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office identified the man who is wanted as a person of interest out of Beaumont.

According to the sheriff’s office, Beaumont police investigators are looking to speak with 39-year-old Channin Keon Arodin, of Beaumont. Officials said investigators believe that Arodin has information about a fatal structure fire that happened Friday.

At 9:32 a.m. on Friday, police responded to the 4500 block of Dallas Ave to assist Beaumont Fire Rescue with a structure fire. Upon entering the structure and putting out the fire, officials discovered a deceased person in the residence.

Beaumont officials are working to investigate the fire as suspected arson and a “deceased person” investigation. Officials said that the victim’s identity and cause of death are pending an autopsy.

Beaumont investigators believe that Arodin drove the victim’s blue Hyundai Sonata northbound on Highway 69 from Beaumont to Huntington. Officials believe this is the same car that was crashed in the Lufkin area Friday in the parking lot of Metal Mart on Highway 69, about a mile from the Lufkin city limits.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Beaumont Police Department at 409-832-1234. Those who wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a possible cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas, call 409-833-TIPS, log on to 833TIPS.com or use the P3 TIPS app and submit your tip using a smartphone or tablet.


ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an alleged murder suspect from Beaumont who is believed to be in the Lufkin area. The man was last seen on foot behind Metal Mart going towards Fuller Springs and Spring Lake Road, authorities said.

The suspect was not identified, but officials said he is described as a six-foot tall Black male about 25 to 30-years-old with a medium build body type, wearing a dark-colored shirt. Officials said that the most distinguishable feature is that the suspect’s hair is about 1-inch long and in dreadlocks.

ACSO said that at 3:07 p.m. the Beaumont Police Department contacted them requesting to locate a murder suspect driving a blue Hyundai Sonata northbound on Highway 69 South.

Officials said Huntington police located the vehicle and the suspect evaded before wrecking the car in a private lot of Metal Mart in the 4110 block of Highway 69 South in Lufkin. He ran away from the area behind Metal Mart towards Fuller Springs and Spring Lake Road.

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office and several local agencies are assisting Beaumont PD in locating the suspect, officials said.

“If you see anything suspicious or see someone matching this description, contact the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency,” the sheriff’s office said.


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