Woman forces her way into campus apartment, assaults student

James Vaughn

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Lahart/Photo courtesy of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office

Lahart/Photo courtesy of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

Breanne Lahart, 22, of Evansville, was arrested and charged with battery and residential entry after forcing her way into an on-campus apartment early Saturday morning.

An assault was reported and a Vanderburgh County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched at 4:03 a.m. Saturday to an apartment in McDonald West, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Pre-dental hygiene major Kennedy Doyle told the officer Lahart and an unknown female “violently beat on her door” for several minutes at around 3:50 a.m., according to the report. When Doyle answered the door, Lahart asked for “Olivia.”

According to the report, Doyle told Lahart that an Olivia lived there, but it wasn’t the one she was looking for.

Doyle stated Lahart then pushed open the door, forced her way into the apartment and punched her repeatedly in the head. Lahart also ripped out one of Doyle’s earrings during the assault, causing blood to be drawn, the report states.

Two of Doyle’s roommates, who witnessed the assault according to the report, provided the officer with similar statements.

Jarred Ashba, a student who broke up the fight, told the officer he was standing outside his apartment next door when Lahart approached him and asked him if he knew where “Olivia” lived. Ashba said, “next door,” the report states.

Ashba told the officer he “had to physically stop Lahart from assaulting Doyle and he pulled her away,” according to the report. Lahart then left the scene, according to Ashba, but said she would be back.

Officers located and arrested Lahart at around 8:50 a.m. Saturday in the 4700 block of Old Henderson Road, according to the affidavit.

Lahart told officers she thought her boyfriend was cheating on her, so she went to USI to confront the girl. She said “someone else” answered the door, became rude and tried to slam the door in her face, which is when she pushed the door open and the fight occurred, the report states.

Lahart was taken into custody at that time, but has since been released.

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