FRONT ROYAL – Police officers charged a man with misdemeanor assault and battery at a nursing home last week.

Police responded to a call at Heritage Hall Nursing Home late on May 15 where an employee allegedly assaulted a patient.

According to the complaint filed in Warren County General District Court, a witness told police officers the patient was heard yelling “stop” and “help” from her room. When the witness went to check on the patient, he said he saw William Brandt trying to force the patient into a gown.

The witness also told police he saw Brandt put his arm around the patient’s neck “in what he described as a choke hold,” according to the complaint.

In a statement emailed to the Northern Virginia Daily, Robert Canby, the administrator at Heritage Hall, wrote that the facility has “zero tolerance for incidents such as this,” and that Brandt was terminated immediately.

Canby wrote that Heritage Hall worked with the family of the patient, law enforcement and regulatory agencies to report what happened.

The patient is still a resident of the nursing home, according to Canby’s statement.

Police arrested Brandt and he is set to appear in court at 10 a.m. June 25.

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