Police made an arrest on Thursday after a heartbreaking viral video showed a young man punching an elderly patient lying in bed in a nursing home.
Police said during a statement that they’re holding a 20-year-old man in connection to the assault and battery of an elderly male at Westwood Nursing Center within the 16500 block of Schaefer on Detroit’s side .
In the video, the 20-year-old is seen violently punching the 75-year-old man and the young man is heard telling the victim something about staying out of his bed.
Detroit police officer James Craig said the department is investigating the incident that occurred at Westwood Nursing Center on the city’s northwest side.
“What our investigation has revealed thus far was the home was unaware of an assault until they saw the video,” Detroit captain James Craig said at a press conference Thursday. “We are still investigating that aspect of the case, but we do have a suspect in custody.
Detroit Police acknowledged that the sharing of the video helped them catch and arrest the suspect. The police thanked the general public for alerting them to the video.
“Thank you to everyone for your assistance in bringing the senior home incident to our attention,” the department said on Twitter. “The @detroitpolice is investigating things , and an arrest has been made.
It appears the suspect also posted another video showing the beating of a lady who is confined to a bed. Detroit police say they’re conscious of that second video and also are investigating that assault.
A lawyer for the Westwood Rehabilitation Nursing Center said the suspect in the May 15 attack on the 75-year-old man was a temporary resident there for rehabilitation and recovery, consistent with NBC affiliate WDIV.
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elderly man, 75, in a nursing home. . A viral video shows a 20-year-old man violently punching a 75-year-old man until he bled. . The incident happened at Westwood Nursing Center in the 16500 block of Schaefer on Detroit’s west side. The suspect was a temporary resident there for rehabilitation and recovery. . Detroit Police said the incident happened on May 15 but the video recently went viral The police acknowledged that the sharing of the video helped them track down and arrest the suspect on Thursday, May 21. . Trump expressed shock when he saw the video. . The US president tweeted: "Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?"