Man arrested for abduction of dementia patients at a senior facility in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. – A 71-year-old man faces abduction after bumping a patient with severe dementia into a bathroom in a senior facility and holding her against her will, according to court records.

The evidence said the incident occurred on January 29 at the Commonwealth Senior Living at Leigh Hall on Poplar Drive in Norfolk.

13News Now has learned that Jack Pearce Jr. has visited a friend at the facility. A nurse soon noticed that he was following a patient into the bathroom of the Memory Care Unit.

A surveillance video showed Pearce standing at the toilet door, "grabbing her by the arm" as the victim passed by, pulling her toward the bathroom and shoving her inside out with documents.

The police wrote in a search warrant that the woman was trapped in the bathroom for about twelve minutes. A nurse saw the victim then walk out of the bathroom with the diaper down, documents it.

Pearce was arrested and charged with kidnapping for kidnapping. Authorities are investigating whether sexual assault has occurred. The police wrote in the documents that Pearce admitted having kissed the victim at some point.

Pearce is held incommunicado following the revocation of a Circuit Court judge. He did not want to interview from prison.

A spokesman for the Commonwealth Senior Living Management told 13News Now that security measures are under review.

They made the following statement:

Police and adult protection were called, and later a report was filed with the Ministry of Social Affairs in Virginia. An investigation of the incident has led to the arrest of the visitor. Commonwealth Senior Living is cooperating with authorities and will support law enforcement to the full extent of the law. Our sole responsibility is to provide for our residents, and we will continue to work proactively to ensure the safety of our residents. "