Queens Nursing Home Resident Charged With Beating 71-Year-Old Roommate to Death With Part of a Wheelchair
A 66-year-old Queens nursing home resident was charged with murder Friday morning, after allegedly beating his roommate to death with a wheelchair leg rest during an argument over the curtain divider between their beds. The alleged murderer wanted the curtain closed; the victim wanted it to stay open.
According to a press release sent out Friday by Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown's office, Thomas Yarnavick was a resident of the Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Rockaway Park. He was found just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, standing next to 71-year-old Jailall Singh's bed, covered in blood, holding an equally bloody metal wheelchair leg rest. (The D.A.'s office does not specify who discovered the two men.) Singh, who was lying face-up, was also bloodied.
Yarnavick allegedly threw the leg rest into a hamper, where it was later recovered. The DA's office says he told homicide detectives, "I just killed him." According to the New York Times, Singh was still alive when the two men were discovered. He was taken to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where he died a short while later.More »