Lake Charles man facing armed robbery, battery charges

Steven W. Sturlese (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Steven W. Sturlese (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

A Lake Charles man is accused of armed robbery and aggravated battery, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said on Tuesday, at approximately 6 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a mobile home in Lake Charles in reference to a domestic battery.

Steven W. Sturlese, 20, is accused of entering the alleged victim's home. He reportedly demanded money.

"When the victim refused, Sturlese grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into the bedroom where he began striking her, causing her head to go through the wall and also put a knife to her throat," the release states.

Authorities said after stealing an undisclosed amount of money, Sturlese fled in the victim's vehicle before deputies arrived.

Authorities said Sturlese returned to the victim's residence approximately one hour later and was arrested without incident.

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated battery, armed robbery, aggravated assault, simple criminal damage to property and two counts of domestic abuse battery.

Judge Wilford Carter set bond in the case at $25,000.

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