Court: Woman keys post-breakup message on ex-boyfriend's car

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMay 6, 2014 

Lakiesha Powell

Lakiesha Powell proudly claimed responsibility when police confronted the 18-year-old about her ex-boyfriend's slashed tires, according to court testimony.

Powell, who is accused of vandalizing her Buena Vista Road boyfriend's vehicle a day after their break-up, faced a second degree criminal damage charge during a Tuesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Police found a message reading "don't lie" scratched into the back of the victim's 1998 Buick LeSabre when he responded to the 600 block Nina Street apartment complex Monday, according to testimony. Several expletives were also carved into the paint, the officer told the court.

The victim told officers he originally came to Nina Street to meet Powell at her apartment. His inability to find Powell's apartment infuriated her, he told police, leading her to damage the vehicle while her ex-boyfriend searched for her.

When police located Powell, she readily admitted to the deed, an officer told the court. The damage was valued at $1,000.

Judge Michael Cielinski set the bond at $5,000.

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