Blood stains found in a Festus hotel room led staff to contact authorities who later arrested a man for alleged domestic abuse and other offenses.
Larry Lee Blake, 40, Festus has been charged with four felonies for allegedly assaulting a 38-year-old Festus woman and holding her against her will at the hotel, and in the process, endangering a child, court papers said.
Staff members from the Quality Inn, 1200 W. Gannon Drive, called Festus Police on July 28 to report the blood found in the room, Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis said.
“They said they were cleaning a room at the hotel and saw a lot of blood,” Lewis said.
At the hotel room, police reportedly found “signs that an altercation had occurred,” according to the probable-cause statement in the case.
Lewis said the investigation led police to a house in the 600 block of North Mill Street in Festus.
The alleged victim told police Blake showed up at the hotel room on July 24 and began drinking and berating her. Then, he allegedly struck her in the head several times, choked her and knocked her to the floor, the probable-cause statement said.
The woman said she was holding a child during the assault. She said she eventually set the child in a chair and tried to get away from Blake and while trying to defend herself, threw a beer bottle at him, which hit him in the head and caused him to bleed, the report said.
After that, Blake allegedly slept against the hotel room door to prevent the victim from leaving, according to the report.
“The investigation found a domestic abuse situation,” Lewis said. “We went to the home and found it to be a dangerous situation.”
He said members of the household were taken to safe housing.
The probable-cause statement also notes that Blake had been arrested twice in May for second-degree domestic abuse.
In addition, the report said Blake had applied for a permit for a handgun “within the last week” and was denied.
On July 29, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed charges against Blake for first-degree domestic abuse, a class B felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison, as well as for second-degree domestic abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree kidnapping, each one a class D felony punishable by up to seen years in prison..
As of Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 11), he was being held in Jefferson County Jail on $30,000 cash-only bond.
Lewis commended Festus Police Sgt. Lewis Pippin and patrolmen Jon Kelley and Tim Bennett for their work in the case, as well as the hotel staff.
“They did an outstanding job recognizing a dangerous situation,” Lewis said.