Detroit police have arrested a man after a disturbing video circulated on social media appearing to show the man “punching elderly victims” as they lied helplessly in bed, the Detroit News reports.
The incident allegedly occurred at the Westwood Nursing Center on the city’s northwest side and is being investigated, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said.
“The nursing home was unaware of the assault until they saw the video,” Craig said during a press conference Thursday. “We are still investigating that aspect of the case, but we do have a suspect in custody.”
Police did not name the suspect or provide further details.
One video that appeared online shows an elderly man being repeatedly punched in the head by a black man at what appears to be a nursing home.
“This b-tch-ass n-gger,” he tells the bleeding senior after the sustained assault. “Get the f-ck off my bed, n-gger.”
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According to WXYZ Detroit, the perpetrator is a 20 year old man who was also being treated at the nursing home for “recovery and rehabilitation.”
He allegedly took the video of the assault himself on the 75 year old man with his cell phone, and also filmed himself assaulting an elderly woman confined to her bed. People who saw the videos online tipped off the police and they were quickly able to track him down.
The Westwood Nursing Home said in a statement that the video is shocking and that they are cooperating with the police.