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Man dies after roommate finds him covered in dried blood

Daytona Beach police call death suspicious

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Daytona Beach man died hours after his roommate found him sitting on the front porch covered in dried blood after not returning home for three days, police said.

A woman who lives with Pernell Robinson, 49, said she found him around 3 a.m. Saturday. He seemed disorientated, his clothes were disheveled, and he was unable to speak, according to the incident report.

Robinson's roommate said she had seen him in a similar state in the past, but he has never not returned home for days in a row, the Daytona Beach Police Department said.

The woman said she brought Robinson, who suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, inside to rest then around 3:30 p.m. she returned home from getting him food and called out his name, but he wouldn't answer. She put the food down and walked toward his room to check on him, when she noticed the bathroom light was on, and she saw him lying on the floor.

Police said the woman thought Robinson was sleeping, so she sat down with him on the floor. About 15 minutes later, she noticed he didn't appear to be breathing. She immediately began CPR then called 911 for help.

First responders arrived at the home on Taylor Avenue at 4:36 p.m. and found Robinson dead. Police said his death is being considered suspicious.

The Daytona Beach Police Department said officers are working to find out where Robinson was from July 12 until July 14. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Dinardi at 386-671-5219 or dinardid@dbpd.us or the criminal investigations division at 386-671-5202.

Police said during a news conference Friday morning that narcotics could have been a factor, but said it was difficult to find hard facts since Robinson had been beaten up in the past. Officers also said Robinson suffered trauma to his body, but did not say where or how severe the trauma was.

Officers said they are calling on the public to come forward with information. A reward up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.


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