Gregory Joseph Lavoie, 52, was ordered held with bail set at $500,000 by a judge in Superior Court in Hartford Tuesday. Lavoie was ordered to be sent to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for a competency exam and is due back in court on Oct. 2.
Lavoie was sought by West Hartford police, who had a warrant charging him with breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s West Hartford home Aug. 10 and causing more than $9,000 in damage. He was under court order since February to stay away from the woman, her family and her residence.
During the break-in, police said, Lavoie smashed holes in walls, slashed every chair in the home, stole all of her clothes, jackets and shoes and almost all of her family pictures. He left his shirt and pants in the home’s laundry room, police said. He also smashed the kitchen stove, all TV and computer screens and cut all the window screens in the home, records state.
Police have evidence that Lavoie had called the victim’s home telephone and cellphone dozens of times earlier this year, in violation of a no-contact protective order, according to court records.
The victim, who was out of state with her children and discovered the damage when she returned home, went into hiding afterward with her children because she was terrified that Lavoie would hurt them, court records state.