Roommate dispute turns deadly at New York nursing home
A dispute about privacy appears to have led a nursing home resident to kill his roommate with a wheelchair leg rest, according to authorities in New York City.
The incident took place at the Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Queens. Thomas Yarnavick, a 67-year-old resident, is believed to have killed 71-year-old Jailall Singh at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, police say.
Nursing home staff called the authorities because of the men's dispute over whether to keep a privacy curtain drawn, according to The Associated Press. Singh was transported to an area hospital with head trauma, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Yarnavick was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for psychiatric evaluation, delaying his arraignment, according to local reports.
Beacon is a 120-bed, for-profit facility, according to Nursing Home Compare. Grief counselors and psychologists were on site to support the residents last week, the AP reported. The alleged murder occurred almost exactly one year after Beacon was heavily damaged in “Super Storm” Sandy.