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91-year-old man dies after attack by another patient at Pomona nursing home

LA TImes
December 7, 2010

A 91-year-old man has died of injuries he received in an attack by a patient with diminished mental capacity at a Pomona rehabilitation center.

John Lazzaro had to have his arm amputated and suffered facial wounds in the Nov. 23 assault inside his room at the Chino Valley Health Care Center by fellow patient Matthew Harvey.

Lazzaro died Dec. 4, said Sgt. Jaime Gutierrez of the Pomona Police Department.

Harvey, 47, was found inside the room after the attack. Gutierrez said Harvey used bodily force to inflict severe trauma on Lazzaro.

Because of his diminished mental capacity, Harvey was not arrested but was taken to a lockdown facility for his safety and that of other patients, Gutierrez said.

Chino Valley Health Care Center is 102-bed nursing facility.

Gutierrez said detectives will present the case to the L.A. County District Attorney's office for review.