BEAUMONT, Texas – A 40-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been
arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S.
Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Jonathan Matthew Torres was
arrested pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court
charging him with use of an explosive to damage property, mailing a
threatening communication, and possession of an unregistered destructive
device. Torres will appear in federal court on May 29, 2018 on these
According to information presented
in court, on Apr. 26, 2018, what appeared to be a homemade destructive device
was located inside a U.S. Postal Service priority mail service box at a
Starbucks on Dowlen Road in Beaumont. The device did not explode and
there were no injuries. On May 10, 2018, an explosion occurred at St.
Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Delaware Street in Beaumont. The explosive
device caused damage to St. Stephen’s administration building but there were no
injuries. An extensive investigation led law enforcement authorities to Torres
and on May 24, 2018, a search warrant was executed at Torres’s residence in the
4400 block of El Paso Street in Beaumont, Texas. Inside the residence, investigators
recovered multiple containers of the same type of explosive material used in
both previously discussed devices; postal boxes similar to the boxes used in
the previously discussed devices; a receipt for the purchase of the type of
string used in the device found at Starbucks; zip-ties similar to the type used
in the device found at Starbucks; packing tape similar to the type used in the
device found at Starbucks; and other components consistent with the
devices. Torres was arrested without incident.
If convicted, Torres faces a
minimum of five years and up to 20 years in federal prison.
If you have any information related
to these events, please call Beaumont Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477) or
This case is being investigated by
the Beaumont Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service,
and the Texas Department of Public Safety, and is being prosecuted by Assistant
U.S. Attorneys Christopher T. Tortorice and Russell James.
It is important to note that a
complaint, arrest, or indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt
and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas