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How a search began and ended for a murder suspect
JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Families in a Beaumont neighborhood won't have to worry about a murder suspect who'd been on the loose for more than two weeks. Investigators said Beaumont was the scene of the crime but the capture of the final suspect ended more than one hundred miles away.
The search began off South China Rd. in rural Jefferson County. Deputies found a man's body naked, wrapped in a sheet in the backseat of his car April 5th.
"We try to get these fugitives quick as possible so the family can have closure, you know family of the victim can have closure," Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Jontie Miller.
The victim was 53-year old Kevin Moyer of Dallas. Investigators said they believe he had traveled to Beaumont for business.
Investigators said he was lured to a house on Buchanan St. in north Beaumont, killed during a robbery, his car left in a field.
That discovery began an investigation that ultimately led to the arrest of three suspects, each charged with murder.
Deputies said while they were at the scene, they learned two of the suspects were ready to talk, 21-year old Yiannis Mihail and 31-year old Arthur Christopher Harmon. Investigators said the pair came to the Sheriff's office and gave statements about what happened, linking 27-year old Cody Lewis to the crime.
"We kind of knew once it had hit the media that he was gonna take off running which he did and then you know the race was on then," Miller said.
The race to find Lewis began in Jefferson County April 5th and ended Thursday night in Angelina County.
"We had enough help up there to where he didn't have a chance of getting away," Miller said.
Deputies from our area and a number of other law enforcement officers found Lewis at a relative's house in Pennington near Lufkin.
"He saw our cars and he took off running into the woods and the chase was on. About 30 minutes later we ended up capturing him in the tree line," Miller said. "He pretty much gave up. That's his exact words, you got me."
After finding out the murder happened at a home on Buchanan St. in Beaumont, some people who live nearby said it's unnerving.
"We didn't have any idea what was going on and that's the thing that a lot of these people depend on that nobody thinks anything's going on so nobody calls in or anything or they're afraid to call in," Roberto Flores, a neighbor, said. "We urge people to call as soon as they suspect anything."
Investigators said people did call Crimestoppers and those tips led to Lewis.
"I know a lot of people might think it's stupid but it's not stupid," Miller said. "It helps out, every little thing helps us out when we're searching for somebody, looking for somebody."
The search for Lewis spanned hundreds of miles and lasted more than two weeks.
Now he's in jail on bonds totaling $2 million, $1 million each for murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Investigators said those who helped hide Lewis will face charges of harboring a fugitive.