Three Nursing Home Residents in Wheelchairs Injured After Intruder Assaults Them
Three nursing home residents in wheelchairs suffered facial bruises after they were punched by a man who walked into the Tulare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The intruder, 28-year-old Marcos Alderete, was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony elder abuse, public intoxication, and battery.
Police officers think that Alderete sniffed paint before he attacked the residents, an 82-year-old man and two 92-year-old women. They say he was able to enter the nursing home through the front door, which was unlocked.
Alderete encountered the three residents in the lobby, where he attacked them. The elderly man’s cheeks became swollen from the assault, while the two females sustained bruises around the eyes. It is not known why they were sitting close to the front door.
Alderete stopped his assault after he was confronted by a nursing home staff member. He then ran outside where he was detained at a nearby hospital by a security guard.