Two elderly victims beaten with jack

Spring Hill, Florida -- "It's beyond comprehension, to say the least."

That's how Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis described the brutal attacks on two elderly residents at Atria Evergreen Woods.

22-year-old Brian Christopher Murphy, a part time security guard at the facility, is a accused of breaking in and entering the room of 88-year-old Miriam Lepp and telling her not to say anything. He then allegedly went into 83-year-old Joseph Giambrone's room and attacked him.

"What the suspect did was start beating him in the face with a scissor jack," Nienhuis explains.

The blunt object broke several bones in Giambrone's face. Meanwhile, Lepp signaled for a nurse.

Sheriff Nienhuis says, "The nurse had come to find the suspect Brian Murphy beating Miriam in the face."

The nurse hid and called security guard Jonathon Sousa -- who was unarmed -- and took on Murphy and held him down until deputies arrived.

"I think what he did was nothing else but heroic," Nienhuis said of Sousa.

Friends and family of Evergreen Woods residents were.

"I was shocked, I was just in shock," says Fran Sciortino.

And thankful Murphy is behind bars.

Sciortino said, "Yeah, thank goodness for that."

Susan Harris of Atria Evergreen Woods said, "We are saddened and horrified by the events that occurred at Atria Evergreen Woods last night. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families."

Both victims have several broken facial bones and are being cared for at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. As for Murphy, he is scheduled to go before a judge in the morning. Sheriff Nienhuis went on to say they believe Murphy is homeless and was possibly high on drugs at the time of the attacks.


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