LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman is being accused of trashing an apartment as an act of revenge after she was served with an eviction notice.
Joshe Johnson is being charged with criminal mischief
According to the arrest report, police were dispatched to Pershing Place Apartments in the 700 block of Schuller Street on Sept. 4, in reference to a criminal mischief. An officer spoke to the property owner, who said she had been renting the apartment to Johnson and had evicted her. She said Johnson came to the apartment on Sept. 3 to collect her belongings.
In court today, realtor Terri Allen said that she never had any issues with Johnson until right before the incident.
"She was okay at first," Allen said. "She then had issues with work and I tired to work with her until I could do it no more. This surprised me because I never had an issues with Joshe."
Allen said that there were major issues when she first saw the apartment after Johnson moved out.
"The thermostat was busted," Allen said. "The dishwasher was pulled out of the wall. The only thing holding it in was two screws.There was trash in the sink. The medicine cabinet was busted. There was multiple ceiling lights that were busted, with glass everywhere. There was damage done to the bottom of the door."
Allen said that the owners of the property, who live in California, did not file with insurance because the deductible is $10,000.
Tracy Goodart, maintenance supervisor for the apartments, said that the apartment was in pretty bad shape. Goodart said the trashing of the apartment had to be done between the time the notice was served and when he first looked at it after the move out.
A 15 year-old boy that was the son of Johnson's friend, helped her move out and testified that he saw Johnson break several light fixtures in the apartment.
"She told me to break some but I said no," he said. "I didn't do it because I knew I would get in trouble if I did."
According to the affidavit, the owner showed the officer the damage she believed Johnson caused, which included three broken windows, all the light fixtures broken, a broken kitchen faucet, the dishwasher pulled out from under the cabinet and all the insides torn out, holes in the sheetrock, the washing machine filled with trash, the thermostat broken from the wall, the threshold to the front door busted and the mini blinds torn up.
The owner said she believed Johnson did this as revenge for being evicted. She estimated the damage totaled $4,405.
The bench trial will resume at 2:30 p.m. on May 1.