EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The second of two nursing home employees accused of taunting and assaulting a resident with dementia last year has been arrested.


Surveillance footage from Columbia Healthcare Center reportedly showed 57-year-old Bryan Whitmore pulling a resident’s shirt over the back handle of his wheelchair during an incident in late April 2019, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Evansville Police Department.

Police said the man would have been choked had he stood up and appeared agitated as he tried to move.

Whitmore and another employee, 27-year-old Katelyn Johnson, then struggled with the resident.

Johnson is also accused of smacking the man on the head, stepping on his foot and shoving him into his wheelchair multiple times when he tried to stand up.

She repeatedly moved into the resident’s personal space, at times dancing, and then jumped back when he tried to grab her, according to the affidavit. Whitmore reportedly laughed as he looked on.

Another resident tipped off nursing home management, who contacted police.

Warrants for their arrest were issued on June 10, 2019. They were both charged with battery against an endangered adult, battery against a disabled person, criminal confinement and provocation.

Johnson was booked into jail about a week later.

She reached a plea agreement in February with the state dismissing all but the first count. She’s scheduled to be sentenced on June 23.

Whitmore was arrested and booked into Vanderburgh County’s jail in the early morning hours Monday. He’s being held in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

Columbia Healthcare, 621 W. Columbia St., is operated by American Senior Communities. Sherri Davies, the company’s vice president of sales, marketing, and public relations, gave the following statement to the Courier & Press: