Beating victim tried to get pain pills, police say
A Mt. Pleasant woman who was severely beaten by a security guard inside a Hempfield car dealership in 1996 was arraigned Friday on charges she passed bogus prescriptions for drugs.
Naomi Bailey, 50, of 283 E. Main St., allegedly tried to obtain Roxicodone, a pain medicine, at the Rite Aid on East Pittsburgh Street on Thursday, Greensburg police said.
Police seized more than $4,000 that Bailey and a family member had in their possession when Bailey was taken into custody. The family member was not charged.
Bailey denied the allegations against her while being arraigned before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.
She admitted using pain medicine, on and off, ever since Ronald E. Sager repeatedly struck her over the head with the butt end of a sawed-off shotgun at Star Chevrolet on Route 30 on Jan. 16, 1996.
“I take it for a reason,” she said. “My shoulder, my hip, my leg were killing me. The Xanax is for panic attacks.”
Police said they found Xanax, an anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication, in Bailey's purse in a nonprescription bottle along with an Oxycodone pill, a pain medicine.
Bailey said she has been unable to hold a job because of the extensive brain and head injuries she suffered in the assault.
“I do (remember the attack) every day,” she said.
On Thursday, Bailey dropped off the prescriptions, then came back later in the day to pick them up, police said.
Pharmacy personnel became suspicious and called authorities, who confronted Bailey when she returned to the store.
Police tried to talk to her, but she ignored them and tried to quickly walk out of the store, Patrolman Kerry Dieter said.
She then told police she was picking up the prescription for a friend.
Sager, who is serving a 10-to-24-year sentence at the state prison in Cresson, claimed he attacked Bailey, who was working as a cleaning woman, under orders from space aliens.
Bailey received what her attorney described as a “substantial settlement” in 2001 when she sued Sager, Ranger Investigations and Security — the company Sager worked for — and the car dealership. The terms of that settlement weren't divulged because of a confidentiality clause.
Neither Star Chevrolet nor Ranger admitted liability.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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