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Enforcement begins Thursday in Jefferson County gang injunction

BEAUMONT — From Jefferson County D.A.'s Office

A civil gang injunction granted by a Jefferson County judge became final earlier this week and law enforcement agencies will begin to enforce the injunction’s restrictions tomorrow, announced Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham.  The injunction is in effect until January of 2025.   

The injunction, filed December 10, 2014, in County Court at Law Number One of Jefferson County, alleged the Surenos 13 criminal street gang and nine of its members to be a public nuisance.  The injunction requested 39 restrictions be placed on the gang to prevent the continuation of its criminal activity.  Judge Gerald Eddins agreed in a hearing on January 27, 2015, and ordered all nine defendants to be subjected to 37 restrictions in a certain geographical area called a “safety zone” and two restrictions that will be enforced countywide.

The “Surenos Safety Zone 2014” is approximately 6.35 square miles and comprises of the following boundaries located in Port Arthur and Groves:

Intersection of Proctor Street (2800/2900 block of Memorial Blvd, (east/west) and (400 block north/south) of Memorial Blvd (HWY 69) North on Memorial Blvd (4300 block north/south) to HWY 73. Hwy 73 (2800/2900 block) East to Main Ave in Groves Texas. South on Main Ave to Proctor Street Extension. Proctor Street extension (6000 block) West back to the intersection of Memorial Blvd (HWY 69) or 2800 block of Proctor in Port Arthur Jefferson County, Texas.

Restrictions include but are not limited to, a curfew between the hours of 9pm and 6am, a ban on possessing weapons or items to make gang graffiti,  prohibits gang members from being together in a public place, and forbids the gang members from displaying gang signs or wearing gang clothing.  A violation of the 39 restrictions can subject the enjoined defendants to immediate arrest and prosecution for a Class A misdemeanor which carries up to one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine or both. 

Numerous law enforcement agencies including the Port Arthur Police Department, Groves Police Department, and some federal agencies will assist in enforcement efforts beginning on Thursday, March 5. 

First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw stated, “Gang injunctions have been wildly successful in counties across this state.  Gang injunctions significantly reduce gang crime and bring much needed relief to the neighborhoods most impacted by this nuisance.  We are grateful that Judge Eddins agreed with the facts and evidence we presented in our case and we are optimistic this injunction will rid our county of this lawless gang.  Should another gang step up to fill the vacuum left as a result of this injunction, the District Attorney’s Office stands ready to file additional injunctions.”

US Ambassador to South Korea injured in attack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was attacked by a man wielding a razor and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police and media said Thursday. 

TV images showed Lippert bleeding from his head and wrist, but his injuries weren't immediately clear. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

YTN TV reported that the man screamed "South and North Korea should be reunified" during the attack. The rival Koreas have been divided for decades along the world's most heavily armed border. The U.S. stations 28,500 troops in South Korea as a deterrent against North Korea, and some South Koreans see the U.S. presence as a barrier toward a unified Korea.

YTN TV said Lippert's injuries weren't seen as life threatening. Police confirmed that Lippert was attacked and a suspect was detained and being questioned but didn't have other details, including the type of weapon and the extent of Lippert's injuries. YTN said a man only identified by his surname, Kim, was detained after the attack.

Lippert, 42, became ambassador last year and has been mostly popular during his time in Seoul. His wife gave birth here and the couple gave their son a Korean middle name. Lippert was formerly the U.S. Assistant Secretary Defense for Asian affairs.

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Photo: YTN /MGN 

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