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Nursing Home Attempted Murder

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Break-in at Costa Mesa nursing home.

According to Costa Mesa’s Mesa Verde Convalescent Home they not only have had no formal complaints filed against their AAA rated, government certified nursing facility, in the last four years, but they offer such amenities as: bingo and ice cream; movies with popcorn; and smiling strolls.

Unfortunately this nursing home doesn’t offer one important amenity and it almost cost one 91-year-old man his life last Sunday, when an 18-year-old slipped through an unsecured door about 11:15 p.m. and attempted to smother Ted Mastos to death with a pillow.

Mr. Mastos, who’s friends call him “Teddy Bear”, is lucky to be alive after fighting off his attacker, who was unknown to him. The teenager was charged with elder abuse and attempted murder. All according to an article in the O.C. Register.

Even though Mesa Verde Convalescent Home is “nestled within a residential setting” in Costa Mesa, there would seem to be no logical reason to leave doors unlocked and unprotected at such a late hour. It appears that Mesa Verde’s security measures need review.

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