According to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department, there were eight separate instances of vandalism on campus between Oct. 18 and Oct. 25.
Public Information Officer Lt. Billy Abrams said on Oct. 18 someone broke the window of a Heritage apartment with a BB gun. Abrams said the UL Lafayette police have some suspects but can’t talk much about the event as it’s still an open investigation.
“That’s still under investigation, but we do have three suspects,” Abrams said.
Then, someone damaged a pumpkin outside another apartment at Heritage on Oct. 19 at 3:10 a.m., a police report stated.
Three days later, on Oct. 22 at 7 a.m., someone painted graffiti on the Kappa Alpha fraternity house according to a police report.
Then only 14 1/2 hours later at 9:30 p.m., someone threw eggs at a car in Legacy Park according to a police report.
The vandalisms at Heritage Apartments continued on Oct. 23 at approximately 3:52 p.m. when someone damaged a 2010 Nissan Maxima’s windshield, according to Abrams and a police report. According to Abrams, the victim decided not to press any charges.
On Oct. 24 at 3:58 a.m., UL Lafayette police arrested David Boulet, a 19-year-old from Beverly Drive in Lafayette, after UL Lafayette police caught him doing donuts in a black 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck at the UL Lafayette cabbage patch. He was sent to the Lafayette Parish Correction Center for criminal damage to property.
Abrams said he suspected Boulet was just looking to have some fun.
“Maybe he was just feeling really jolly and said ‘Hey, let’s do this,’ but I don’t know,” he said.
On the same day at roughly 4:59 p.m., only 13 hours and one minute later, ULPD went to Bonin Hall in response to a property damage report, according to a police report.
Although Abrams said eight vandalisms in only eight days were quite a lot, he also said it was not uncommon.
“Yeah, it is a lot. It’s not unusual to have a string of calls that occur during a certain time period,” he said.
He also said he has no reason to believe the vandalisms at the Kappa Alpha house were the result of a feud because there have not been more instances of vandalism at other fraternities.
“It would get to the point where it would be almost never-ending because one would do something to the other than the other would do something back to the other one,” he said.
In addition, he said he felt this kind of behavior would be out of character for the fraternities.
“I don’t think that’s what the fraternities stand for,” he said.
Although the eight vandalisms did take place right before Halloween, Abrams said he doesn’t believe the vandalisms, other than the damaged pumpkin at Heritage, had anything to do with the holiday.
“These are just random incidents that just coincidentally happened within a short time period,” he said.