VASSALBORO, Maine — “He was desperate. He was frustrated. He was angry.” Those are the words of 50-year-old wife and mother Sarah Bizier, talking about the man who robbed and beat her. Bizier, who is from Vassalboro, is recovering from bruises to her face and arms, and a cut on her neck, after she was attacked in her own home early Thursday morning.
She says an unknown suspect put a pair of box cutters to her throat and demanded her prescription painkillers. Sarah Bizier’s husband had just left for work and she was sitting in her recliner, when she heard someone walk inside her home. She says, “I heard somebody open the door and I just said, ‘Hey, I’m in here.’ And the next thing I knew I saw someone standing in the archway.”
Bizier says the man was white, tall, extremely thin, and had a black and white bandana covering most of his face. According to Bizier, the first words out of the suspect’s mouth were, “Where’s the Vicodin?” She says, “I was so stupid, ’cause the first thing I said was, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ And so he came over and the first punch he landed threw my head back.”
She told us the man then put a box cutter against my throat. She says, “The whole time my dogs are just like barking and yipping at him.” She then told him where to find the bottle of painkillers. She says, “He took the bottle and he opened it up right away. And he looked in it and he said, ‘Where’s the rest of your stash?’” That’s when she says he started to hit her again.
Bizier says, “I said you can keep hitting me. You can do whatever you want to me. I said that’s all the pills you’re gonna get. That’s all the pills I have.” The man then ran off and she called 911. Sheriff’s investigators don’t believe this was a random act. They think Sarah was targeted by the suspect because he knew she had a prescription painkiller. How? By a Facebook post she sent.
She posted to friends that she nearly got an ulcer from taking too much aspirin and ibuprofen for pain in her hip. She wrote that she was now on Vicodin, a prescription painkiller, the same drug the suspect demanded from her. She says “The detectives said it was such an innocent post on your behalf. You’re trying to be helpful. But a junkie sees something like that and for them it’s just bait.”
Bizier told us, “You think you’re posting information that’s so innocent. But the criminal mind is so dark.”
She even said she feels sorry for the man who beat and robbed her. She told us in the 25 years they’ve lived here, this has been a safe neighborhood. She says they rarely locked their door. Now, she and her husband are getting an alarm system for their home.
Bizier told us investigators are running down several leads, trying to find the suspect. She says the detectives told her there was no need for this suspect to resort to this much violence. The suspect was also wearing a hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans. If you have information about this crime, call the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.