Representatives present at press conference- Beaumont Police Chief Jim Singletary, assisted by Beaumont Police Public Information Officer Haley Morrow, Assistance Special Agent in Charge Rich Bohan with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Special Agent Orlan Streams with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Connor Hagan also with the FBI.
At 9:18 this morning, a Beaumont Police Officer responded to a call of Criminal Mischief at St. Stephens Episcopal Church located at 4090 Delaware. When the officer arrived, he located what appeared to be a previously detonated package that caused minor damage to a building on the property.
The FBI, in partnership with BPD and ATF is investigating this incident.
We know that our citizens have many questions, however we are very early in the investigation and there are several things that we are unable to talk about. Included in subjects we are unable to discuss: components of the device, intended victims, motive, relationship (if any) to previous devices, and suspect or suspects.
The purpose of our press conference is to let our citizens know that we are working diligently with our law enforcement partners and using all available resources to investigate this and keep our citizens safe. We want to encourage our citizens to remember the See Something, Say Something Campaign. If you see anything that looks suspicious or out of place, please do not touch it. Keep a safe distance and call 911.
We have received several additional calls across the city about suspicious packages and we are happy to report that none of those calls have been deemed a credible threat.
If you have information related to this investigation, please call the FBI at 713-693-5000.
Stay up to date on this investigation by following the Beaumont Police Facebook and Twitter Page. Our Partners with the FBI and ATF Houston Offices will be sharing that information on their social media accounts.