Immanuel at Ybor Assisted Living Facility owner refuses comment after Randolph McClendon's death

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Tampa, Florida - After 62-year-old year man, suffering from schizophrenia, dementia and near-blindness, wandered away from an assisted living facility and was killed over the weekend, 10 News tried to get questions answered from the owner of the Immanuel at Ybor Assisted Living Facility. 

Randolph McClendon, 62, was struck by a Tampa Police cruiser and killed around 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning. 

"He is my older brother and I am going to miss him so much. I love him," said Luther McClendon, Randolph's 60-year-old brother. 

For 25 years, Luther took care of Randolph, but, two years ago, it became too difficult. So, the younger McClendon entrusted the staff at the ALF (assisted living facility).

10 News obtained a long list of service calls from the Tampa Police Department which included numerous calls for missing persons.  Also on the list were fights and sexual offender checks since offenders reside at the facility as well.

10 News also spoke firsthand with a woman whose family owned the facility for 28 years. The daughter of Crawford and Roberta Burks lives next door to the facility and remembers helping her family with the residents. The family sold the facility roughly eight years ago, they claim, to a new owner.

The woman did not want to identify herself on camera, but spoke with 10 News on the condition of anonymity.  

"That place is not taking care of people right. The residents are walking around all the time. They are not taken care of," she told 10 News before adding, "They ask me for food; they beg on the street; they dig in the garbage."

"They claim there's not enough food. When my parents ran the place, we always had enough food. We ate what they ate," she explained.

 

In September, Randolph McClendon went missing from the facility twice and was found about a mile away each time. Luther says he's disappointed in how the facility did not better look out for his brother.

Sadly, the last and final time he wandered off was this weekend. 

10 News tried talking with the facility administrator repeatedly, but he refused to comment. He told us to call his attorney, but refused to provide a name or number for the lawyer.

According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the facility has 19 places for residents. It holds a license to help mentally challenged patients and receives more than $47,000 a year in medicaid reimbursements. 

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