A 22-year-old woman was arrested and charged in Batesville on Thursday, May 3, with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony.
Batesville Police Department patrolmen got the call of a possible domestic altercation at 2575 Case St. in east Batesville, according to court documents. The call came in shortly after 3 a.m.
On the way, officers were informed that the suspect had left the apartment in a black Nissan car. Another officer spotted the vehicle and stopped it. The driver was identified as 22-year-old Bookteria Tynishea Vaughen, the suspect in the call.
The court information says Vaughen told patrolman Marcus Willingham that she and her ex-boyfriend, Dustin Kyle McBride, had been in a physical altercation with each breaking the other’s cell phone. Patrolmen Jason Edington and Larry Ring found the Case Street apartment in utter disarray with numerous items broken including wall pictures, flat screen televisions, and a PlayStation gaming console.
The complainant and McBride told authorities Vaughen had come to his apartment and began banging on the windows and door. McBride’s current girlfriend let her in, and Vaughen quickly began an argument with McBride. Allegedly, Vaughen began breaking items in the apartment and having an altercation with McBride before she left the scene. After authorities had completed their investigation, Vaughen was taken to jail to face charges as a result of the incident.
First-degree criminal mischief is charged when a person, without legal justification, destroys or causes damage to any property of another person. If found guilty in court, the offense is punishable by imprisonment of up to six years and a fine of up to $10,000 or a combination of both. Vaughen’s bond was set at $2,500.
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