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Man Arrested in Death of Patient at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach

Miami Beach Police have arrested a suspect after a patient was found dead at Mount Sinai Medical Center Saturday evening.

According to the police report, 55-year-old Alejandro Ortega was found dead on the bathroom floor and bleeding from his head. Police were informed by staff that Ortega was allegedly involved in a type of physical altercation with 23-year-old Andre Brown.

Police located Brown and was placed under arrest. Brown told police, "It was self defense."

During an interview with detectives, Brown stated the he and Ortega were roommates. Brown added that while he was using the bathroom Ortega attempted to touch his private area. In response, Brown then began to strike Ortega with his fists, knocking him to the ground. Brown then choked Ortega, the police report said.

Brown is being charged with second degree murder. He appeared in court Monday where he was ordered held without bond. It it not known if he has hired an attorney.

Mount Sinai released a statement regarding the incident: "This is a tragic incident that took place within the confines of our psychiatric health unit. Our deepest sympathies are with the deceased's family and friends. The safety and well-being of our patients is our top priority. We continue to work with authorities in their ongoing investigation."

Brown also had and outstanding warrant for possession and delivery of cannabis.

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