The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 22, 2014

Assault, threats case held after woman’s testimony

By Meghan Keely
Herald Staff Writer

FARRELL — A 20-year-old man who allegedly robbed and severely beat a Farrell woman was returned to Mercer County Jail Tuesday after the charges against him were held for court at his preliminary hearing.

During Alijah V. Hasan-Douglas’ hearing, Kimberly Bashor testified that at about 11 a.m. Jan. 4, she went to a neighborhood market on George Street to pay her bills, and then walked to another convenience store to buy lottery tickets.

It was after her second stop that she said a young man in his 20s followed her home, where he beat her repeatedly, threatened her with a knife and robbed her of her cash.

“He was walking behind me from the store, and I even looked back and told him he was making me nervous,” Bashor said. “He explained to me he wasn’t like that and we talked about school and church.”

Bashor said she invited Hasan-Douglas into her home for soup and beer.

“I invited him in because I am like a mother hen to all the kids in the area,” she said.

Initially Hasan-Douglas, 20, did not enter the house, but Bashor said he returned 15 minutes later and she invited him in.

“I asked if he wanted a beer, and he went to the kitchen and got himself one,” Bashor said.

“I was facing away from the kitchen reading the newspaper and the next thing I knew he was hitting me.”

Bashor said Hasan-Douglas then put a knife to her neck and he asked for money.

“I was begging for my life,” she said.

Hasan-Douglas’ attorney, public defender Autumn Johnson, questioned Bashor on her reasons for inviting a stranger into her home and on the physical description she initially gave police of her attacker.

“He does not have the hair I described,” Bashor said.

Bashor originally told police her attacker had short hair in cornrows.

Sitting in front of District Judge Ronald E. Antos was a suspect with a short close-cropped hairstyle and no cornrows.

Though there was a discrepancy in the physical description, Bashor’s testimony was enough for Antos to hold to Mercer County Common Pleas Court charges against Hasan-Douglas of robbery, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another.

Hasan-Douglas, for whom authorities have listed addresses in Hermitage and Farrell, was returned to jail with no reduction in his $50,000 bond.