BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (TBO.com) - A part-time security guard at a Brooksville assisted living facility was arrested after beating two elderly residents in the face with a scissor jack early Thursday, Hernando County’s sheriff said.
Brian C. Murphy, 22, was arrested on charges of two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and was being held without bail.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis, who addressed the media on Thursday afternoon, called the attacks “beyond brutal,” and described the event as follows:
Murphy most likely broke into Atria at Evergreen Woods shortly after midnight. He first went into Miriam Lepp’s room, and told the 88-year-old resident to not say anything “or he would do harm to her or kill her.”
Next, Murphy went into Joseph Giambrone’s room, and started beating the 83-year-old man with a heavy jack, which is used to lift vehicles when replacing a tire.
During the attack, Lepp pressed her call button. When nurse Amanda Sweatt responded to Lepp’s room, she saw Murphy beating her with the jack, and backed up and called the security guard on duty.
When Jonathan Sousa arrived, he immediately recognized Murphy as the weekend guard. Murphy took a swing at Sousa. Sousa avoided being hit and held Murphy down until deputies arrived about four minutes after a 911 call was placed.
The residents were taken to a trauma center by ambulance with life-threatening injuries.
They were in guarded condition, and both had sustained broken bones in the face, Nienhuis said.
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