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03/29/06

Victim Takes Stand in Hearing of Accused Home Invaders

Sadie Smith, 76, says her assailants choked her. Sadie Smith, 76, says her assailants choked her.

A Garden City woman attacked and robbed in her home isn't looking for sympathy; she wants justice. Today Sadie Smith took at the stand and testified against the two people she says beat her up and robbed her in her Chatham Villa home earlier this month.

Smith fought back against her attackers. In court today, she says she was nervous, but she's a feisty 76-year-old. She says she has no doubt who attacked her and she had no trouble recalling what happened that day.

For the first time since the attack, Smith confronted her accused home invaders, Lisa Johnson and Johnson's boyfriend Walter Miller.

"That's him," she said, identifying Miller. "I could identify him anywhere."

Smith says the two forced their way into her home on March 7. She says they told her they wanted to buy her home, but instead they robbed her. "He wanted money," Smith told the court. "I told him I didn't have any money. He said, 'If you don't give me your money, I'm going to kill you.'"

And she says they beat her. "He put the pillow over my face then took both hands off and started to choke me, and I snatched the pillow and I kicked him."

Smith's says her only regret was that she wasn't wearing hard-heeled shoes. She had slippers on. "I said, 'You son of a bitch, kill me if you want to, kill me and get it over with,'" she said.

The judge found enough evidence against Johnson and Miller to send the case to a grand jury.

There are a number of other police agencies who want to get their hands on this pair. Police say Lisa Johnson, Walter Miller, Stanley Miller, Peter Miller and Lisa Alvarez are wanted in 23 cities from Florida to New York for terrorizing elderly women.

"It made me very, very angry," said Smith.

Police say little did the group know when they invaded Smith's home, it would be their last. And Smith says she's not going to stop fighting back until they are locked up for good.

"I would have like to choked him to death," she said.

Savannah-Chatham police say the group robbed two elderly women in Savannah, too.

Lisa Johnson and Walter Miller's grand jury appearance will be in the next two months.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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