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Burned Vehicles Linked to Ricky Yates’ Homicide

BEAUMONT — Beaumont police believe robbery was the motive for the shooting death of Ricky Yates Jr. on Sunday, December 3, and investigators are revealing that two vehicles found abandoned and burned are likely linked to the killing.

On Sunday, December 3 at 8:30 p.m., Beaumont police responded to shots fired at a home in the 3900 block of Bayou Road. They found the body of Ricky Yates Jr., 30, inside.

At 9:06 p.m., while officers were on scene investigating the homicide, BPD received a call reporting two vehicles abandoned and burned near Concord and Treadway. Detectives believe the two vehicles were involved in the homicide. One vehicle was a 2018 Kia Optima that was reported stolen earlier in the day. The second vehicle was a 2001 Chevy Suburban. Police also believe the motive for the homicide was robbery.

Detectives are asking anyone in the area of the 3900 block of Bayou and Concord & Treadway to check surveillance video from December 3 between 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. around Bayou, and 8:30 p.m.- 9:15 p.m. around Concord & Treadway, for any footage that could help the investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Beaumont Police at 409-832-1234 or Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477). You may also submit a tip by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smartphone. All Crime Stoppers Tips are anonymous and you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Source: 6KFDM