The video had been taken by the attacker himself and circulated on social media .
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of elderly abuse and assault that readers may find disturbing
A disturbing video of a 75-year-old man being attacked by a 20-year-old at a nursing home in Detroit has led to the latter's arrest. Both parties are residents of the Westwood Nursing Center located in the 16500 block of Schaefer. The video shows the younger man pummeling the older resident inside what looks like a bedroom. While the motive of the attack is not clear as of now, the younger man is heard saying something about staying out of his bed, in the video. The 20-year-old has been taken into custody by the police. It appears that the phone was put in its position and the video taken by the attacker himself and was then shared with others. The assault is believed to have taken place on May 14, according to a WXYZ report.
Besides this video, the man also made another one showing him assaulting an old woman confined to a bed. The rageful and uncontrolled assault on the old man was one of the reasons the Detroit police acted swiftly and found him at the home itself on Thursday. On a question about whether the nursing home was aware about the incident, a report in NBC quoted James Craig, Detroit police Chief during a news conference on Thursday, saying, "What our investigation has revealed so far was the nursing home was unaware of an assault until they saw the video." Additionally, the Twitter handle of Detroit Police also thanked the public bringing the video to their notice. They wrote: Thank you to everyone for your assistance in bringing the senior home incident to our attention. The @detroitpolice is investigating the situation, and an arrest has been made.
Video captures brutal nursing home beating involving 20-year-old suspect also living in the homehttps://t.co/qlEJSNNQsi— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) May 21, 2020
A statement provided by the law firm representing the Westwood Nursing Home read: The nursing home and its administrators are still gathering information, conducting their own investigation, and cooperating fully with the police in their own investigation. We will issue another statement once we have gathered more facts regarding the incident. One thing we want to make clear, on the record, is that this incident did not involve a nurse or any other employee of the nursing home. The individuals involved were residents. The attacker in the video was turned over to the police around 11:30 a.m. this morning by the staff at the nursing home. He is not a long-term resident of Westwood, but he was recently admitted for recovery and rehabilitation purposes on a temporary stay. Westwood has been cooperating with the police and will continue to do so.
This needs to be prosecuted as a hate crime.— Chris Menahan 🇺🇸 (@infolibnews) May 21, 2020
On YouTube, the attacker can be seen ranting about the evils of white people and saying the "black race is the chosen race" and "the black race was supposed to rule the earth." https://t.co/grwM1DUJuX
The statement added: The safety, health, and well-being of our residents remains a top priority of Westwood. We will continue to monitor the situation. Until we receive more information, we will not be able to comment further on the matter at this time. A report in the Detroit Free Press stated that the video was circulated on social media before the police took notice of the same. The victim was taken to a hospital after the assault with non-life threatening injuries. President Donald Trump appears to have tweeted about the issue and expressed his concern for the victim. He wrote on Thursday: Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing? Many were, however, not sure.
It happened in Michigan. Detroit Police have opened an investigation following an online outcry. The suspect has recorded other videos of him beating other elderly people. pic.twitter.com/m1rLlkXkzW— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 22, 2020
Eugene Gu replied to the president's tweet: I don’t know what Trump is even talking about and making a vague yet sensational tweet like this about a nursing home victim is very irresponsible for the President of the United States. He could be talking about the horrible videos about the victims in Detroit but hard to tell.