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Nurse who witnessed Hernando attack: 'There was blood everywhere'

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Attack suspect Brian Murphy is facing two charges of attempted murder. Attack suspect Brian Murphy is facing two charges of attempted murder.
ALF Nurse Amanda Sweatt ALF Nurse Amanda Sweatt

Amanda Sweatt is taking time off from her job as a nurse at the Atria Evergreen Woods Assisted Living facility in Hernando County after what she saw Thursday night.

“He was hitting the woman resident with a car jack, he was whacking her in the head,” said Sweatt.

Sweatt works from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the week at the facility. She said Thursday morning just after midnight one of the residents, 88-year-old Marin Lepp pressed the call button.

“She told me a man had went in her room and threatened to killed her if she called for help,” said Sweatt. “I called security and security came over to the building I was in and we were checking to make sure she was okay and then we went to the dining room and he said whoever it was, was in here because there was stuff all over the floor and the sliding glass door was open."

A few seconds later, Sweatt saw the attack.

“While we were in there checking the other sliders I turned around to let security go by me and he was beating one of the residents,” said Sweatt. “I went into a room and locked myself in there, got on the radio and told the other girls to call the police.”

Investigators said weekend security guard Brian Murphy, 25, broke into the facility Thursday morning and attacked two residents, Lepp and 83-year-old Joseph Giambrone with a scissor iron.

A security guard was able to hold Murphy down until deputies arrived.

Murphy has been charged with two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Murphy is a part-time weekend security guard at the Atria Evergreen Woods Assisted Living Facility.

“It was horrible, it was blood everywhere,” said Sweatt.

Sweatt said she has worked at Atria for just over a year and she loves the residents, but has not seen the two who remain in critical condition at the hospital.

“I was advised not to because they told me you wouldn’t recognize them,” added Sweatt.

On Friday, a judge decided Murphy would be held on no bond on the attempted murder charges and he set a $50,000 bond on the aggravated assault charge.

News Channel 8 spoke with Mike Esteridge who says Murphy used to work for him.

“He never came off as violent, that’s why I don’t understand why he would do something like that,” said Esteridge. “I wish it would’ve never happened, I’m sure everybody else does too. I just hope the people it happened to is okay.”

Esteridge and his wife said they saw Murphy hours before the attack at the nursing home, arguing with his mother.

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