Nursing Home Resident Dies Week After Brutal Rec Room Fight: NYPD

By Katie Honan on February 12, 2014 9:04am 

 Heraldo Gonzalez, 56, died a week after being attacked by a fellow resident at the New Gloria's Manor Home for Adults in Rockaway Park, police said.
Heraldo Gonzalez, 56, died a week after being attacked by a fellow resident at the New Gloria's Manor Home for Adults in Rockaway Park, police said.
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ROCKAWAY PARK — The nursing home resident police say was beaten and left paralyzed by a fellow resident of his Queens home has died of his injuries, according to officials.

Heraldo Gonzalez, 56, was charged with attacking Bienvenido Cruz, 54, inside The New Gloria's Manor Home for Adults on Beach 119th Street in Rockaway Park on Feb. 3.

Cruz punched Gonzalez in the face after an argument inside a rec room, causing him to fall and hit his head on a table, according to the criminal complaint.

While both were on the ground, Cruz jumped on the victim's chest and continued to pummel him four to five times, later slamming the victim's head into a table at least five more times, according to a witness.

Gonzalez was brought to Jamaica Hospital last week, where doctors determined the fight had left him paralyzed from the neck down, according to the criminal complaint.

He died Monday from his injuries, police said.

Cruz, who has a prior arrest for weapons possession in Suffolk County, was charged with felony assault, police said.

He's due back in court on Feb. 19, where he'll likely face upgraded charges.

Representatives for New Gloria's Manor Home declined to comment.

Gonzalez's death marks the second deadly incident at a nursing home on the peninsula in the last six months.

In October, a resident of Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, a half-mile from New Gloria's Manor, was charged with beating his roommate to death with a piece of a wheelchair.

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