WFSB in Connecticut reported the assault and strangulation death of a resident as a result of the nursing home’s failure to supervise a resident with dementia and post-traumatic stress disorder. The 81-year-old male resident is being charged with murder after he allegedly strangled a 76-year-old woman at Autumn Lake Healthcare nursing home facility. The victim was identified as Patricia Way.
Waterbury were called to the Autumn Lake Healthcare at Bucks Hill around 6 p.m. on Saturday for the report of an assault. Staffers rushed to Jensen’s room when they heard his roommate calling for help. A supervisor who rushed to the room told police he found Way in her wheelchair, with Jensen standing behind her with her scarf wrapped around his hands.
The court documents say, “Asked him what he was doing and he told her not to worry about it. John stated that he then wrapped the scarf around (her) neck and held her up wit the intent to strangle the life out of her. He continued to strangle (her) until he felt the life leave her body.”
Staffers pushed Jensen away and started CPR.
Police arrested John Jensen for ‘a number of charges,’ police said including strangulation and criminal attempt at murder. His charges were upgraded to murder during a court appearance Monday morning.
According to court documents, Jensen and Way would often do things together and was described by some at the nursing home as a “couple”. When interviewed by police, Jensen told them the two were in a relationship, but had gotten into an argument earlier in the day and that he began thinking about how to kill her.
“Obviously there were witnesses available on site. Jensen was brought back to police headquarters where an interview was conducted and he made some admissions,” said Chief Fernando Spagnolo, Waterbury Police Department.
According to the bail commissioner, Jensen has a criminal record that dates back more than 50 years, including a federal conviction for an armed bank robbery back in 1966, up to a DUI arrest in 1999.