Cops: Man choked hospital roommate to death

Posted at 7:51 AM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 07:51:25-04

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A man accused of killing his roommate at a Miami Beach hospital is in custody.

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.

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.