NEW YORK CITY — An argument between two nursing home roommates turned deadly when one beat the other with a wheelchair part, police said.
The fight broke out sometime before 1:20 a.m. Wednesday at Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing Home on Beach 113th Street in Rockaway Beach, according to the NYPD.
The two men were arguing over a privacy curtain that seperates their beds, NBC New York reported.
When officers arrived, they found a 71-year-old man, whose identity was not released, unconscious and unresponsive with severe head injuries. Police say his roommate, Thomas Yarnavick, 66, used a removable part of a wheelchair.
The unidentified victim taken to Saint John's Episcopal Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
Police arrested Yarnavick Wednesday morning.
He was charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.