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Jefferson County men indicted for Beaumont carjacking

BEAUMONT, Texas – Two Beaumont men have been indicted for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown on Wednesday.

Thaddiaus Joseph Thomas, 34, and Tremaurice Arthur Randall, 24, were indicted by a federal grand jury on March 4, 2020, and charged with conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

According to the indictment, on Dec. 21, 2019, Thomas and Randall traveled to the Excellent Carwash located at 5010 Haden Road in Beaumont, Texas, wearing masks, where they approached a man who was sitting in the driver’s seat of his 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Thomas pointed a pistol at the man and Randall ordered him to “give it up” before Randall and Thomas then pulled the man out of his truck and threw him on the ground. Thomas then hit the man’s head with the pistol and fired one shot toward his feet.  Randall and Thomas then entered the pickup truck and drove away.

If convicted, Thomas and Randall each face up to 20 years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.