Dress Dispute Leads to Felony Arrest

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 CROCKETT – An argument over a dress worn to a Christmas party was the precursor for the arrest of a Crockett man on charges of burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit an assault.

Tyler Evans Shveyda, 26, was arrested on Dec. 29 and charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit an assault along with the violation of a protective order after he and his girlfriend/complainant had an argument on Dec. 22 about her party attire.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the victim informed Crockett Police officers on Dec. 22 she and her boyfriend, identified as Tyler Shveyda, had attended a Christmas dinner.

“(The victim) reported an argument erupted because (she) wore a dress to the Christmas dinner where co-workers would be in attendance, as well. (The victim) stated they resolved the issue in reference to the dress that night,” the affidavit indicated.

Four nights later, however, the affidavit indicated the matter of the dress made a second appearance before the New Year.

“(The victim) stated on Dec. 26, (she) posted a picture of herself wearing the dress she wore on the night of Dec. 22, on Instagram. (She) stated Shveyda saw the picture on the social media site and told her to remove it. (She) stated she did, but still argued about the incident over the phone,” the probable cause document stated.

The matter escalated later that same evening, however. The legal document explained after the argument over the phone, Shveyda travelled to the victim’s residence and entered the home without obtaining her consent.

“(The victim) stated Shveyda entered her bedroom where she was laying down in bed with her two children. She stated that Shveyda asked her where her phone was and then took it away from her. She reported he walked outside, about to leave, but she grabbed his sweater by the hoodie. She stated that Shveyda ducked down while she was pulling on his sweater and she fell to the ground. She stated Shveyda picked her up from the ground and took her inside the house where he slammed her against the wall in the hallway,” the affidavit stated.

As the alleged violence continued, the victim stated she was repeatedly lifted by her neck and slammed against the walls of her residence. She further indicated Shveyda hit her in the face with a pillow several times and eventually threw her phone against the ground where it shattered.

The victim reported the Dec. 26 incident on Dec. 28 and Shveyda was taken into custody on Dec. 29. He was booked into the Houston County Jail and charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit an assault along with the violation of a protective order.

The burglary of a habitation with intent to commit an assault charge is considered a first degree felony. According to Section 12.32 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than five years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.