FLINT — Police are charging a 25-year-old Flint man with two felony counts after he allegedly took an IV pole at Hurley Medical Center, where he was a patient, and beat a 91-year-old man recovering in the bed next to him on April 11.
The 91-year-old man died the next day, but the prosecutor’s office is awaiting results of an autopsy and a brain dissection to determine if the man died from injuries sustained from the assault or if the cause is unrelated.
Interim Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said the 91-year-old man was brought o the hospital on April 2 and underwent a procedure which he was recovering from. The second individual came to the hospital on April 8 and was placed in the same room with the victim on the fifth floor.
Swanson said the 25-year-old man was under hospital observation and got up to use the restroom, taking his IV stand with him, on April 11. When he came out of the restroom, Swanson said the man allegedly took the IV stand and began beating the 91-year-old man over the face and head without provocation.
The victim, the sheriff said, was just coming out of sedation and was unable to defend himself from the attack.
The hospital employee in the room monitoring the suspect then called for help and hospital staff was able to restrain the suspect until police arrived. The 91-year-old victim suffered a laceration to his right eye and head injuries.
On April 12, the victim was still recovering from his injuries and he was taken for treatment for his eye injury, but died at approximately 7:30 p.m., said Swanson.
Genesee County Prosecuting Attorney David Leyton said he has issued charges against the suspect for assault with the intent to commit murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison, and attempted mayhem, for the manner in which he attack the victim with the IV pole. That charge carries up to five years in prison.
“The victim died, but we’re not certain of the cause of death,” said Leyton. “The medical examiner’s office has the body and the brain is to be reviewed.”
Leyton said his office is uncertain if the trauma of the assault or act of mayhem caused the death. The victim has other issues and may have died from causes possibly unrelated to the assault.
He said he doesn’t know when the results of the medical examiner’s investigation will be complete because the ME is tied up with COVID-19 deaths. Leyton confirmed neither the suspect nor the victim was hospitalized for COVID-19.
Swanson said the suspect is restrained and is still in the hospital. He will possibly be arraigned on the charges while still hospitalized. He said he has a deputy posted in the room around the clock.