Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a robbery at a motel on Broad Street in Lake Charles on the morning of Thursday, June 19, at about 7:30 a.m. The hotel owner told them "a man entered the business, walked into the kitchen and then approached the check-in counter. The man then reached over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash out of the register drawer." The suspect reportedly "exited the motel fled on foot" when the hotel owner entered the door.

Detectives spoke with witnesses who told them the suspect was "possibly still in the area." A CPSO K-9 was brought out and located the suspect, Blason J. Pellerin, 41, of Lafayette, LA., in a wooded area not far from the hotel.

Pellerin was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple robbery, and theft less than $1,000. His bond was set at $12,500.