Aug 2, 2014 16:38 Police dog apprehends robbery suspect Police dog apprehends robbery suspect Stephen Lavergne Advocate staff report Aug. 02, 2014 Comments OPELOUSAS — A man suspected of robbing cash and other items from an Opelousas convenience store refused police orders to surrender until a police dog named Zig sank his teeth into the suspect’s left leg and persuaded him to emerge from under a portable building. Stephen Joseph Lavergne, 32, of Lake Charles, was booked into the city jail on counts of felony theft and resisting an officer in the 1 a.m. Sunday incident, Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said. Joseph is suspected of taking money and video poker cash tickets from a register on the Creswell Lane convenience store, climbing a nearby fence in a getaway attempt, then hiding from police under a portable building. “The K-9 officer then gave several commands for the individual to come out or he was deploy the K-9,” Gallow said in a news release. “The individual refused and Zig was sent under to apprehend the suspect,” he said. “Seconds later the suspect … came out escorted by Zig.” Joseph was treated at Opelousas General Hospital for a wound on his left leg, then released. He was scheduled to appear before a magistrate Monday morning, Gallow said. Police located $1,043 in cash that was taken from the register and also $605 in video poker tickets and returned it to the store.