Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 40-year-old woman with vulnerable adult abuse after Lincoln police say she beat up a 79-year-old man over painkillers, according to court documents.

Jenevra L. Turner of Lincoln was arrested Tuesday. 

According to an affidavit for her arrest, police believe Turner came to the man's home in the Woodshire subdivision seeking his hydrocodone pills, an opioid-based medication.

When he denied her the pills, she pushed him into the kitchen counter and later shoved him down onto the stairs as he tried to call for help, police said.

He was able to go to a neighbor's house for help, as she drove off in his vehicle, police said.

The man had "significant bruising" on both of his arms, cuts and was experiencing back pain, police said.

Investigators believe Turner, who has known the man for 10 years, has previously threatened him with physical harm to get money and painkillers from him, according to the affidavit.

When officers found Turner later Tuesday, they discovered hydrocodone pills in her purse.

In an interview with police, Turner denied causing the man's injuries, which she linked to a fall, police said in the affidavit. She also denied taking the pills from him or using them.

Prosecutors also charged her with unlawfully possessing the hydrocodone.

A judge Wednesday ordered Turner not to contact the man and to stay away from his home.

She remained in jail Wednesday afternoon on $35,000 bond.

If convicted of the vulnerable adult abuse charge and the drug charge, she would face up to five years in prison.

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Riley Johnson reports on local government in Lincoln.

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