Miami-Dade Police Investigate Man's Death at Cutler Bay Nursing Home

Homicide detectives investigating 73-year-old man's death

By Myriam Masihy and Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, Apr 11, 2013  |  Updated 5:13 AM EDT
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Miami-Dade Police are investigating the death of an elderly man at the South Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cutler Bay Wednesday. Reva Roberts, whose mother lives as the facility, and police spokesman Detective Alvaro Zabaleta spoke about the situation.

Miami-Dade Police are investigating the death of an elderly man at the South Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cutler Bay Wednesday. Reva Roberts, whose mother lives as the facility, and police spokesman Detective Alvaro Zabaleta spoke about the situation.

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Miami-Dade Police are investigating the death of an elderly man at a nursing home in Cutler Bay Wednesday.

The death was reported at South Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 17475 South Dixie Highway, police said.

Authorities said staff members discovered 73-year-old patient Robert Verser unresponsive shortly after 8 a.m.

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"As the nursing staff was going to provide medication to the victim who has been identified as Robert Verser, a 73-year-old black male, they noticed that he was not breathing and was suffering from injuries.," Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.

"They called homicide out and at that point is when were able to determine that this was not caused by a fall. It was caused because somebody had in fact battered the victim."

Police were interviewing Verser's roommate, who admitted he struck Verser and was taken into custody.

"It's kind of scary, specially having a family member in the home or in the facility. I mean, that's crazy," said Reva Roberts, a daughter of a patient.

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