NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WYTV) – Police in Neshannock Township are investigating the assault of a 102-year-old woman at a Jameson care facility.
Police say the woman was assaulted Saturday by Michael Pavelek, 65, of Fredonia, at the Jameson Care Center on Wilmington Road.
Officer Matt Seamans said Pavelek was walking down the hall with his mother and the victim was following behind in a wheelchair when Pavelek became agitated with the elderly woman and turned around and kicked her in the shin causing a “skin tear.”
According to Seamans, a nurse witnessed the incident and tried to stop Pavelek telling him he was going to hurt her. Pavelek responded saying “good” and kicked her again.
Jameson Care Center is part of the Jameson Health System. The hospital issued a statement Tuesday saying the victim thought Pavelek was her son.
“It was shared with us that the resident mistakenly believed the visitor to be her son. The visitor reacted and injured the resident’s leg. A staff member witnessed the incident, immediately intervened, and the resident received medical attention by the staff at Jameson Care Center. She sustained a surface wound that was treated by clinical staff onsite. The family of the resident and the police were called immediately. The visitor was arrested at the scene and was escorted from the facility by the police. The resident has received further medical review and remains in good condition.”
Pavelek, reached by telephone, did want to comment on the incident. He was charged with assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.