A 62-year-old man from the Gnadenhutten area died Sunday afternoon in an Akron hospital, a week after he was beaten by a man who had been driving past his home while he was mowing the lawn.
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of David Robinson, according to Sheriff Orvis Campbell.
The sheriff said his office is awaiting information about the cause of death from the Summit County Medical Examiner.
Campbell said Robinson suffered broken facial bones in the Oct. 22 assault. He was initially taken to Trinity Hospital Twin City in Dennison, then went to Aultman Hospital in Canton.
On Thursday evening, Robinson was taken from his home to Summa Akron City Hospital by helicopter after he had fallen and was not acting right, according to a report from the sheriff's department.
The assault occurred in front of Robinson's home on Petry Hill Road SE at around 4:20 p.m. Oct. 22, according to a report from the sheriff's department. Robinson told deputies he was mowing his grass when he went to turn around in the road. He said he looked both ways before proceeding into the road, but was almost hit by a vehicle that had been traveling at a "high rate of speed."
"David stated that the male subject exited the vehicle and began yelling at him," said the report. "David stated that the male subject then punched him in the right side of the face blackening his eye and (bloodying) his nose."
The victim also told deputies that a woman who had been traveling with his assailant ran to him, Robinson, for help before he was punched. After he was hit, the woman ran into his home and locked the door.
The suspect then left the scene in his vehicle.
The woman who had been with the suspect said she had been involved in a "domestic altercation" with him.
Following the incident on Petry Hill Road, Community Corrections put out an arrest order for the suspect for probation violation. He was on parole for a 2010 Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court case in which he was found guilty of burglary, grand theft of a firearm, felony theft, misdemeanor theft and probation violation.
The suspect, Joshua D. Lippencott, 29, of 10426 Gilmore Rd., Gnadenhutten, has been held in the Tuscarawas County jail since he was arrested Thursday.
Campbell said Lippencott has not been charged in connection with the Oct. 22 incident. He said the charge probably would have been felonious assault, but that could change depending on the medical examiner's findings about Robinson's death.
Gary Guenther, chief investigator for the Summit County Medical Examiner, said on Monday that the cause of death had not been determined by his office. A decision about whether to conduct an autopsy would depend on information in the medical records of the deceased. The medical examiner was awaiting the medical records on Monday.
Robinson was described as a hard-working man by his daughter, Bobbie J. Robinson-Trolio.
Robinson worked for Lauren Manufacturing for almost 30 years, retiring due to medical conditions. The Petry Hill Road SE property in Clay Township where he lived had belonged to his parents, and Robinson grew up there.
"He was a very loving grandfather, father, and he was just very humbled that he was able to save that girl," Robinson-Trolio said, referring to the woman in the Oct. 22 incident.
She noted Lippencott's prior conviction.
"He shouldn't have been out on the street," she said.
She said her family did not know Lippencott.
Robinson, a 1974 graduate of Indian Valley North High School, had three children and three grandchildren. He loved to fish and enjoyed spending time with his father, Charlie.
"He really enjoyed getting to come to his grandson's sporting events," Robinson-Trolio said of her father.
She said the family is "very shocked and extremely angry" over their father's death.
"We hope that the court system does their job this time so this man (Lippencott) can never hurt anyone again," she said.
Jon Baker and Nancy Molnar are staff writers at The Times-Reporter.