An O'Fallon police officer was awarded a Medal of Valor in October for saving a woman who was being attacked by a man tripping on LSD -- but the woman who was "saved" says the hero cop made up the whole story and she wants the medal taken away.
Back in April, 2012, Scott Davis was having a really bad acid trip when the voices in his head started telling him that his friend, Catherine Naber, had killed his cousin - so he got a spiked club from his bedroom and started attacking Naber, who ran out of the house and into her van.
It's at this point that Naber's story differs from O'Fallon police officer Thomas Kenyon's.
Kenyon was one of nine police officers to receive the Medal of Valor, the state's highest public safety award. In the ceremony, Kenyon was said to have "witnessed a naked man viciously assaulting a woman" and then ended the attack after wrestling with and finally non-fatally shooting Davis, who would eventually be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
In the incident report, Kenyon writes that when he arrived on the scene, he witnessed a "naked male, who had been hanging rear first out of the driver's side window of the van."
And a press release from the O'Fallon Police Department says "Kenyon quickly arrived and observed a subject hanging halfway inside the driver's side window of a van beating a female."
But Naber tells Daily RFT that although she was attacked by Davis in the house, by the time she got to her van, she had the doors locked, windows rolled up and was not being attacked at the moment Kenyon arrived on the scene.
"When Officer Kenyon arrived on the scene, Scott Davis was behind my van in the middle of the street," Naber says in an email. "He never attacked me outside of the residence and I had the mace inside of the van with me."
Naber says the police radio transmissions back up her case. In one of the radio transmissions, Kenyon arrives on the scene and is heard saying, "I have a white male, butt-naked, standing in the middle of the street," which she says proves Davis was not attacking her inside the van.
She also points to her 911 call, in which she can be heard describing Davis outside of her vehicle, but she doesn't say anything about being attacked at that moment.
Finally, she says that Kenyon's own incident report doesn't say anything about Naber getting attacked by Davis while inside the vehicle.
So if Naber's claims are accurate, why would a cop lie about saving a woman's life - especially when there is no dispute that Davis had already viciously attacked her?
Click on the next page to read Catherine Naber's explanation...
Naber says she believes the story is the result of a police cover-up to justify Kenyon's actions that night, which resulted in him getting into a physical struggle with Davis, losing the fight to the point of almost losing consciousness, and then shooting Davis.
Naber says if Kenyon had waited for backup like he was told to on the police radio transmission, her LSD-crazed friend wouldn't have fought Kenyon, gotten shot, and received 25 years in prison as a result of the altercation. See also: Electric Kool-Aid Clubbing Test: Naked and Trippin' Balls in O'Fallon, MO
"Because of [Kenyon's] arrogant disobedience, he got involved in a struggle that overtook him and he had to make up a story to make it look like he had a reason to violate his direct command," Naber says.
Davis' 25-year sentence included 10 years for the assault on Naber and 15 years for the assault on Kenyon.
In Kenyon's report, the O'Fallon cop says after he tried tasing Davis multiple times (and ended up tasing himself at least once), Davis tackled him to the ground, hit his head, and bit him in the face. At some point during the altercation, Kenyon claims Davis put him in a headlock and once he began to lose consciousness, he shot Davis.
Despite the severity of Davis' attack on her and the seriousness of beating the hell out of a cop, Naber says that the alleged lie about Kenyon coming to her aid -- which was repeated in several news outlets -- made the cop look more heroic and her friend more sinister.
"They made this officer out to be a hero and I even sent him a thank you card," Naber says. "But when I discovered I was being used as a cover-up with 100 percent false lies, it makes me sick. How dare they take a situation that was already horrible and lie about what happened. And now I've been victimized twice."
Naber says she is able to forgive Davis for the attack because he "wasn't in his right mind," but forgiving the O'Fallon Police Department will be more difficult since they weren't on LSD when they allegedly lied about her for what she claims is a "cover-up."
A voicemail left for Officer Kenyon asking for comment was not returned.