A licensed practical nurse allegedly brutally attacked an 83-year-old paraplegic Korean War veteran as he lay helpless in a stretcher once she learned he had notified her employer that she showed up late for work, authorities say.
Areatha Pickens, 44, was arrested early Friday in connection with the June 22 attack in Coram in Suffolk County.
Police say the woman became outraged after the elderly man told her employer she was late and punched him repeatedly, fracturing an orbital bone. The man, who became paraplegic in a 1975 car accident, was treated at a hospital.
Pickens is expected to be arraigned in Central Islip later Friday. Attorney information wasn't immediately available, and police didn't release the name of her employer.