Robber with scissors tried to get cigarettes from Family Dollar in Beaumont

A 24-year-old Beaumont man has been charged with robbing an elderly store employee with scissors and threatening to kill a police officer in Beaumont.

Earlier this month, the man was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury for aggravated robbery and retaliation. He was charged with two offenses committed on May 21, according to court documents.

Beaumont police received a call shortly before 10.30am from a Family Dollar story in the 1300 block of College Street reporting a disturbance.

Police have learned that a man armed himself with a pair of scissors to get into a cigarette cabinet and left the store with unpaid goods.

Police spoke to a 77-year-old store employee, who said the man entered the store and began shouting and using profanity.

“At one point (the 24-year-old) walked behind the counter where the 77-year-old employee was, armed herself with a pair of scissors and because of her behavior she was afraid for her her life and felt like he was going to stab her,” police said.

Police learned that the man then returned to the aisles of the store, where he allegedly selected some merchandise, walked to the counter and informed staff that he was not going to pay for the merchandise.

The man then left the store with the scissors and merchandise, according to court documents.

“Due to the fact that (the 24-year-old) intentionally or knowingly (placed) a person over the age of 65 in fear of imminent bodily harm or death by committing theft, (the man) was notified that he was under arrest for aggravated robbery,” court documents said.

The 24-year-old also made other threats against a Beaumont police officer, according to court documents.

“En route, (the man) said he would walk behind me and shoot me in the head,” police said. “(He) also said that I was lucky he was handcuffed or else he would ‘cut my throat’. Because (the man) intentionally or knowingly threatened to harm someone he knew being a public official by an unlawful act, he was also informed that he was under retaliatory arrest.

According to Jefferson County jail records, the man is being held on both counts with bail of $100,000 each.

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