A COVID-19 patient beat a fellow patient to death with an oxygen tank last week at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, authorities said.
The victim, an 82-year-old Latino man, was being treated for a COVID-19 infection in a two-person room with suspect Jesse Martinez, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.
Martinez, 37, reportedly became upset when the victim, a Catholic, started to pray. He then struck his octogenarian roommate with an oxygen tank just before 10 a.m. Thursday, the Sheriffs Department said.
The victim died the following morning from his injuries. According to the Sheriffs Department, the two men did not know each other. Advertisement
Martinez was arrested at the scene after hospital staff detained him, according to Lt. Brandon Dean, a spokesman with the Sheriffs Department. Martinez was charged with murder, with an enhancement for elder abuse and religion-motivated hate crime. His bail is set at $1 million and hes due to appear in court Monday.
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a statement that he was shocked and saddened by the news.
These families were already experiencing a hardship and now this its senseless, he said.
Martinez? Let me guess, Danish?