America's Most Wanted arrest shocks neighbors - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

BIG SANDY (KLTV)

America's Most Wanted arrest shocks neighbors

He was a high risk criminal, featured on America's Most Wanted, and it turns out he was hiding here in East Texas.  

Duane Beard Jr. is accused of shooting 2 women in Kansas City. One of them died. That crime happened over 3 years ago, and ever since, Beard had escaped capture until now. He was found hiding out at one of his cousins' home in Big Sandy.

As KLTV 7's Courtney Lane explains, neighbors had no idea a criminal was sleeping next door.

America's Most Wanted called it a deadly debt. Authorities say Beard loaned two female friends money, but when they were late repaying him, he showed up and shot them in their Kansas City apartment. Now more than 3 years later, Upshur County gets a tip that leads them here. But Big Sandy Police say as authorities swarmed in, Beard tried to hide in the attic.

"As soon as the officers started pulling in he put the chair under the little trap door in the ceiling, and as she met the officers at the door he went bailing up into the ceiling," said Sgt. Scott Randell with Big Sandy Police.

Sherry Ross watched from across the street.

"I thought something bad had happened."

Ross says she met Beard on several occasions and never suspected anything.

"[He was] just real nice, real respectful," said Ross.

Beard blended in so well, one neighbor told KLTV 7 News that he'd even taken him to church with him a few times. They all say they'd never suspect he'd be capable of murder.

"Oh, I did not know that and I thought he was a good kid. Just the two times I met him he was a good kid. He would yes ma'am, no ma'am, you know. My kids even went and played," said Ross.

But, Beard was listed as a dangerous predator on America's Most Wanted. It's a scary thought for Ross and her young children.

"I go on the computer and find registered sex offenders and make sure my kids stay out of those areas and then something like this, you can't see it coming," said Ross.

Big Sandy Police say Beard had been here for at least several weeks, maybe more than a month, and was armed with a 9 millimeter.

"We recovered one weapon that has now been sent to the KC police department in reference to find out whether it was the murder weapon," said Sgt. Randell.

Until his extradition to Kansas City, Beard is calling the Upshur County Jail his new home. Big Sandy police says Beard's cousin denies knowing about his criminal past. They're not sure yet if charges will be filed against her.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • More frozen custard, juicy burgers coming to Tyler Monday

    More frozen custard, juicy burgers coming to Tyler Monday

    Sunday, July 22 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-07-23 01:36:39 GMT
    (Source: Freddy's Frozen Custard on Facebook)(Source: Freddy's Frozen Custard on Facebook)

    In this hot, humid weather, there just can't be enough ways to cool off, and frozen custard is one of our favorite ways to do so. 

    More >>

    In this hot, humid weather, there just can't be enough ways to cool off, and frozen custard is one of our favorite ways to do so. 

    More >>
  • Separated sisters were reunited in Longview after more than 50 years

    Separated sisters were reunited in Longview after more than 50 years

    Sunday, July 22 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-07-22 23:00:48 GMT
    An unforgettable East Texas reunion as two sisters see each other again after more than 50 years apart. Charlie Mae Johnson and Dorothy Mae Davis have not seen each other in 55 years until their family reunion at Longview's Stamper park over the weekend. "We've been separated a long time. I know we were supposed to be having a reunion but I didn't know we were going to have my sister and her family here," Charlie Mae says. Through family circumstances, they were separated...More >>
    An unforgettable East Texas reunion as two sisters see each other again after more than 50 years apart. Charlie Mae Johnson and Dorothy Mae Davis have not seen each other in 55 years until their family reunion at Longview's Stamper park over the weekend. "We've been separated a long time. I know we were supposed to be having a reunion but I didn't know we were going to have my sister and her family here," Charlie Mae says. Through family circumstances, they were separated...More >>
  • Texas African American Museum striving to preserve history

    Texas African American Museum striving to preserve history

    Saturday, July 21 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-07-21 21:25:02 GMT
    Often times, African American history is only recognized during the month of February.  Founders of the Texas African American Museum felt their history slowly slipping away, now they are hoping to change that with the opening of the museum. "Some of the things I've seen in this little museum, I've not seen in history books, I've not seen online," visitor Cramoeya Cooper said. Though it may be small, the Texas African American Museum packs an exurbanite amount of inf...More >>
    Often times, African American history is only recognized during the month of February.  Founders of the Texas African American Museum felt their history slowly slipping away, now they are hoping to change that with the opening of the museum. "Some of the things I've seen in this little museum, I've not seen in history books, I've not seen online," visitor Cramoeya Cooper said. Though it may be small, the Texas African American Museum packs an exurbanite amount of inf...More >>
Powered by Frankly