Nursing Home Fight About Curtain Prompts Assault On Two Nurses

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A dispute between two nursing home residents led to an assault on two nurses and an arrest of a Payson woman.

The incident began at dawn on Dec. 5 at a care center on Longhorn Road with a dispute between Gloria Ann Kitcheyan, 52, and her 93-year-old roommate about whether to pull the curtain divider between their areas of the room, according to Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

Kitcheyan reportedly then assaulted her elderly roommate.

When a nurse tried to intervene, Kitcheyan reportedly punched her in the nose. When a second nurse came to help, Kitcheyan reportedly head-butted her, said Engler.

The nursing home then called the police.

By the time officers arrived, Kitcheyan was calm and additional staff members had separated the combatants. Kitcheyan reported that the adjustments of the curtain had prevented her from sleeping, said Engler.

“Kitcheyan is 52 and the other patient was 93, which is probably a point of interest,” Engler said.

Engler said that Kitcheyan suffers from insomnia and anxiety, but not dementia.

Officers arrested Kitcheyan for domestic violence, assault on a health care provider and aggravated assault and booked her into Payson jail.

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