Victim, 72, Was Found In Bed With Wire Hanger Around His Neck

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man was found dead Friday evening in a Bronx nursing home, following a report of an assault.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, police were called to the Bainbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, at 3518 Bainbridge Ave. in the Norwood section of the Bronx, after a report of an assault.

Officers found the 72-year-old man lying unconscious and unresponsive in his bed with a wire hanger around his neck, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York City Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, patrons at the Lemed Pharmacy around the corner on Gun Hill Road were stunned by the incident.

“If I have a loved one in a nursing home, I would want them to be safe, so that’s pretty shocking,” one woman at the pharmacy said.

Police did not immediately provide further information about the apparent assault. The staff of the nursing home refused to comment.

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