Police took a 54-year-old man into custody on Saturday after finding the body of his 62-year-old brother in the bathtub of his Luna Park co-op, with chemical burns to his chest and leg.
Cops were called to the scene at 8:46 a.m. following a 911 call for a man in need of help. It’s unclear who called the police, but when they arrived at the ninth floor apartment at 2819 West 12th Street the man attempted to block their entrance.
After a struggle, they restrained the man who authorities described as emotionally disturbed.
Once inside, cops discovered the unconscious and unresponsive body in the bathtub and called EMS. Medical responders declared him dead at the scene, and told the police that the male had chemical burns to the chest and leg.
The 54-year-old was taken to Staten Island University Hospital for psychological evaluation and treatment of chemical burns on his arms.
Neither of the men were identified by police, and the 54-year-old has not been charged with a crime.
The New York Times identified the two as brothers, and police told the paper that they’re struggling to get answers from the surviving sibling.
“Some of the stuff he’s saying doesn’t make sense,” a police department spokesman said.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of the death, and police are still investigating.