95-year-old man dies following nursing home attack

January 5, 2020 GMT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say a 95-year-old nursing home patient died after being attacked in his room.

According to a news release from Port St. Lucie Police, staff members at Tiffany Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center called 911 just after midnight Sunday when a nurse who walked by the patient’s room saw a man sitting on top of the patients’s chest, holding a pillow over his face.

TC Palm reports the nurse shouted for help and the man ran off. The patient was dead when police arrived.

Police set up a perimeter and searched the area with a K-9 unit and the county sheriff’s office helped with a helicopter, but they were unable to locate the suspect, who was described as a white male.

The investigation is ongoing.