Jan 10, 2014 9:04 PM by KATC

Lake Charles Man Arrested on Several Charges

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Lake Charles man on several charges.

Deputies say around 3:00 p.m. today, they were called to a home on Cedar Lane in Moss Bluff, regarding an attempted theft. When deputies arrived they learned that the victim was standing in his driveway when he was approached by the suspect, Joel Benoit, 26, of Lake Charles, who asked to use his cell phone.

The victim allowed him to use his phone, but after Benoit made a call deputies say, he attempted to run off with the man's cell phone. Deputies say the victim was able to retrieve his phone from Benoit with the help of a neighbor who heard the commotion outside.

Meanwhile, deputies say while they were investigating the attempted theft of the cell phone, they received a call that Benoit had run to a home on Champagne Circle.

When they arrived at the home, deputies say they found Benoit outside, wearing only his underwear and socks.

Deputies learned that Benoit, was in the homeowner's backyard, before he allegedly walked into the home, when the homeowner stepped outside to approach him. The homeowner than ran to her neighbor's where they say they watch Beniot walk back outside, taking his shirt, pants, and shoes off. Deputies say Beniot then jumped into a ditch that was filled with water. Investigators say when he got out of the ditch he began banging on the neighbor's door demanding to be let in. That's where Deputies say they were able to take Benoit into custody, but it doesn't end there.

Deputies say while in the back of the patrol car, with both his hands and feet shackled, he kicked a window out. Benoit was taken to a local hospital for his own safety. Once discharged from the hospital he will be booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated burglary; aggravated cruelty to an animal; aggravated criminal damage to property; and attempted theft.

The aggravated cruelty to an animal charge is because Benoit allegedly cut one of the homeowner's dogs so severely it had to be put down by the Calcasieu Parish Animal Services Division who arrived on the scene. The other dog was located in the house unharmed.



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