Lake Charles, LA –
On February 17 at approximately 2:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of the I-10 westbound on-ramp and Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.
Upon arrival the victim told deputies he had just left a nearby casino, where his 18-wheeler had been parked, and was driving north on Highway 397 when he observed a black Dodge Charger flashing their lights in an attempt to get his attention. The driver of the car, later identified as Ronald J. Perrault III, 21, 301 N. Lincoln Street, Lake Charles, told the victim he had a piece of metal hanging from the back of his truck, so he pulled over and exited his truck. The victim advised while was walking to the back of his truck Perrault exited his car armed with a handgun and demanded he give him all of his money. The victim was able to flee the scene and flag down a motorist, who brought him back to the casino. While enroute the victim witnessed Perrault entering the cab of his truck.
After further investigation detectives were able to obtain video surveillance footage of the Dodge pulling into the casino. The video surveillance also showed Perrault enter the business as well as drive the Dodge to the back parking lot where multiple 18-wheelers were parked, and then follow the victim’s truck out of the parking lot. It was also learned a phone as well as some personal items were missing from the victim’s truck.
Later the same day detectives located Perrault at his place of employment, with the victim’s stolen phone in his back pocket as well as a clear bag of suspected marijuana. He was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed. Following the interview Perrault threw a chair against the wall causing damage. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; possession of marijuana; and criminal property damage. Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $457,500.
CPSO Detective Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.