Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Police: Man struck, choked to death by roommate at Miami Beach hospital's psychiatric unit

MIAMI BEACH — A man accused of killing his roommate at a Miami Beach hospital is behind bars.

News agencies report 23-year-old Andre Brown was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Alejandro Ortega.

2015 Times/Herald-Tribune investigation: Florida cut $100M from its mental hospitals; chaos quickly followed

Police say Ortega was found lying on the bathroom floor of a room he shared with Brown at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Saturday. He was bleeding from his head.

In an arrest report, police say Brown told authorities he struck Ortega numerous times in self-defense after Ortega tried to touch his private area. The report says Brown then choked Ortega.

Hospital spokeswoman Joanna Palmer said in a statement that the incident took place within the hospital's psychiatric health unit.

It's unclear whether Brown has an attorney.

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