Security guard charged with attempted murder

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - A man who works as a security guard at a Brooksville assisted living facility is charged with attempted murder. Investigators say he battered two residents with a car jack before getting into a fight with another security guard.

A 911 call was placed from the Atria at Evergreen Woods facility to the Sheriff's Office shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Thursday.  The caller said someone was beating up a security guard.

The first deputy to arrive was directed to the scene of the disturbance and took the suspect, Brian Christopher Murphy, 23, into custody.  A witness identified Murphy as a weekend security guard at the facility.

Investigators say before Murphy was detected, he went into the rooms of two residents, 83 and 88, and battered them. Miriam Lepp and Joseph Giambrone were later taken to a trauma center with life threatening injuries. Sheriff Al Nienhuis said both residents have several facial fractures and remain in serious condition.

Jonathon Sousa, the security guard on duty at the time of the attacks, was summoned by nursing staff members. He held off Murphy until deputies arrived.

Deputies say Sousa's actions prevented further injury to residents and staff.

During a news conference Nienhuis said, "Sousa did something nothing short of heroic."

There was no word on what may have prompted the attacks, but the sheriff said they are investigating whether Murphy was on drugs. 

Murphy is charged with two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault.

He was held without bond.

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