A security guard is under arrest and charged with beating two elderly people inside a Brooksville assisted living facility.
Authorities identified him as 22-year-old Brian Christopher Murphy. Investigators say he works weekends at the Atria at Evergreen Woods.
For some reason, he entered the facility early Thursday morning and beat an 88-year-old woman and 83-year-old man with a vehicle jack, the sheriff's office said. He left Miriam Lepp and Joseph Giambrone with life-threatening injuries.
Sheriff Al Neinhuis said most of the bones in both victims' faces were broken.
"It's a miracle they're alive," he said.
Another security guard at the facility, Jonathan Sousa, stepped in to help. A nurse at the facility called 911.
It took a deputy about four minutes to reach the facility and arrest Murphy.
Investigators are still gathering details about what led to it. The facility is located at 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail.
Giambrone's former neighbors say he'd been through the death of a son and began having medical issues before moving to Evergreen Woods a few years ago.
"I hope they burn in hell," said June Britton. "What goes around, comes around."
Lepp's longtime neighbors, the Ellis', say they frequently visited her at Evergreen Woods.
"She was happy, they were taking care of her, she would get up, she would walk around, she was bedridden for six to eight months, finally they got her back up again," said Blaise Ellis.
Murphy is charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and is being held without bond right now.
Atria issued the following statement:
"Everyone in our community is deeply saddened by the horrific events that took place in our community last night. We extend our deepest sympathy to the victims and their families, and we are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.
Our focus at this time remains communicating with our residents, families and employees, and making sure that everyone in our community is safe and has access to the resources they need. We're currently offering counseling services to our residents and staff, and are providing support in any way that we can following this traumatic event.
The suspect in custody was an employee of the community. He worked as a part-time security guard, and had been employed for approximately four months. Prior to hiring, he passed a background check and drug screen, which are required by both Atria and the state of Florida.
The crimes, as noted by the Sheriff's Department, seem isolated and random at this time. The suspect appears to have forced entry into the community. We extend our deepest appreciation to the Atria security guard who was onsite and stepped in to bravely subdue the suspect - his actions were heroic and we are grateful to have him as part of our team. We are also extremely grateful to the Hernando County Sheriff's Department for their swift and prompt response early this morning, which resulted in the suspect's capture and arrest.
We continue to work closely with local authorities while they continue their investigation, and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.
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