Police: 87-year-old man beats elderly wife with hammer at New York hospital to avoid her surgery

An elderly man is facing charges after he allegedly beat his wife in the head with a hammer at a Queens hospital because he didn't want her to have surgery.

Police say 87-year-old Manuel Besteiro went to visit his 83-year-old wife at Elmhurst Hospital on March 7 and was told she needed a procedure.

According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Besteiro told police he "didn't want to see her suffer, so [he] hit her in the head with a hammer."

He was stopped by a nurse, who called police.

His wife needed 15 to 20 staples to close the wound, according to the complaint.

Besteiro was arraigned on first- and second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges on March 8 and released on his own recognizance.

A temporary order of protection was issued against him.

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