Cedric Tramon Blake, 23, was arrested on a charge of murder in connection to the shooting of a man in Diboll early Thursday morning.
Detective Bart Riley of the Diboll Police Department said they received a call around 2 a.m. Thursday that Shyhiem Harper, 23, of Beaumont, had been killed by a gunshot wound in a duplex apartment home on Willie D. Jones Road on the west side of town.
While Riley was headed to the scene, he said the Lufkin Police Department called the office and said they had a subject in custody who matched the description of the suspect (in addition to other evidence not being released at this time) and vehicle (champagne color GMC) reported in connection with the murder.
However, LPD said Blake produced a false name when he was stopped, so they arrested him on two misdemeanor charges — possession of marijuana and failure to identify fugitive from justice.
LPD public relations specialist Jessica Pebsworth released information on the arrest, saying an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle with a defective headlight in the 1700 block of Feagin Drive.
The driver told the officer she was in a family member's vehicle and she was not sure if the car had insurance. The officer made a check of the vehicle and found it had no insurance so it had to be towed.
The officer said the passenger, later identified as Blake, was acting nervous and reaching into the back seat throughout the traffic stop and was reluctant to get out of the vehicle, according to the press release.
When the tow truck arrived and Blake finally exited the vehicle, the officer detained him and found he was in possession of two gallon-size zipper bags of marijuana.
The driver had no active warrants and was released.
"As Officer Westbrook took Blake into custody, he noticed that Blake had fresh cuts and scratches down his arms," the release states. "Officer Westbrook then radioed dispatch, asking them to check with neighboring agencies to see if Blake was possibly a suspect in an evading arrest case.
"Blake initially gave Officer Westbrook a fake name, but after he was taken into custody the officer found an identification card in Blake’s pocket. Blake denied that it was his."
After phoning the Diboll Police Department, the officer learned that Blake was a suspect in a shooting death that had just occurred.
After Riley processed the scene and spoke to witnesses, he said he drew up the complaint and warrant.
No weapon was found on Blake at the time, but there is still a lot to process, Riley said.
“Lufkin Police Department was instrumental in the case and being able to tie it together,” Riley said. “If it wasn’t for that traffic stop … It was great police work on their part.”
He also commended the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office for providing several units to help DPD secure the scene.
As of 3 p.m. Thursday, Blake remained in the Angelina County Jail with no bond set on the first-degree felony murder charge, a $1,500 bond set for the Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge and a $1,500 bond set for the Class B misdemeanor failure to identity fugitive of justice charge.
No further details will be released pending the investigation.