Woman charged with robbery, assault at VA Medical Center

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

PLAINS TWP. — A woman demanding payment on a $900 loan violently assaulted the borrower at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, according to court records.

VA police allege Beatrice McGahee, 58, a resident at the center, assaulted Debra Spencer outside a transitional housing apartment building on Bear Creek Boulevard on Aug. 31.

Spencer reportedly suffered injuries to her head and body.

According to a criminal complaint:

Spencer, also a resident at the center, told police she borrowed $900 from McGahee.

About two weeks after borrowing the cash, Spencer claimed she began receiving threatening voicemails and text messages from McGahee.

Police retrieved the text messages from Spencer’s phone that stated, “I want my money now or I will kill you b——,” and “I’m going to beat your a—.”

A voicemail McGahee left for Spencer stated, “I want my money now you son of a b—— you no good (expletive) sucker; I want my mother (expletive) money and I hope your mother dies.”

Spencer told police she became fearful for her safety after receiving the messages.

McGahee then confronted Spencer outside the transitional housing building.

Spencer claimed McGahee grabbed her purse, causing the two to fall to the ground. Spencer landed on her stomach with her purse under her as McGahee was on her back punching her head.

Spencer told police McGahee slammed her head against the ground multiple times, and pulled at her purse while warning she had a friend nearby with a gun.

After McGahee stopped punching, Spencer gave her about $300 from her purse.

McGahee sped away in a vehicle as Spencer was treated in the emergency room at the medical center.

McGahee was arraigned Tuesday night by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on two counts of terroristic threats, and one count each of robbery, simple assault and recklessly endangerment.

Bail was set at $25,000 but court records do not indicate if McGahee posted bond.

An official at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility said there was no record of McGahee housed at the prison Wednesday.


By Ed Lewis

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