NEW YORK (AP) — A nursing home resident argued with his 71-year-old roommate over a curtain that separated their beds before beating the man to death Wednesday with a metal piece from a wheelchair, police said.
Thomas Yarnavick, 66, was being held on murder and weapons charges.
"It's as if you live in a small, tight-knit town, and you wake up to incredibly tragic news," said Aaron Lichtman, spokesman for the Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Lichtman said the two men had been roommates since July and there were no obvious problems between the two. He said such violence had never happened at the center.
The victim had serious head trauma and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The man's name wasn't released.
Yarnavick was awaiting arraignment. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.
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