Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP) found the body of a 64-year-old Isla Vista resident dead in his camper Friday, following reports that he had not shown up for work in a few days.
Johnny Robinson – an I.V. resident for approximately 10 years – was pronounced dead at 12:48 p.m. Oct. 21 in his camper on Abrego Road. Deputy of the IVFP Marty Rose said officers went to the camper after his boss at the Isla Vista Bike Boutique asked that he be checked on. While the cause of the death had not yet been determined, Rose said he thinks it could be connected to a case of food poisoning Robinson mentioned earlier last week.
Rose said Robinson refused to go to the hospital to seek help, despite complaints that he was not feeling well and thought he might have food poisoning.
John Hameline, an employee at the Bike Boutique, said Robinson has worked at the store, where he put bikes out on the sidewalk each morning for over 10 years. He said his boss called the police and asked them to check on Robinson after he had missed two days of work, which was unusual.
“He hadn’t missed a day in 10 years,” Hameline said.
Hameline said he and his co-workers noticed that Robinson was sick for a while before his death and he said many of them believe Robinson had liver problems as well.
“He looked ill, he looked like he was wasting away,” Hameline said.
When he was not working at the I.V. Bike Boutique, Robinson was often seen sweeping the sidewalk in front of the shops on Pardall Road, including Sam’s To Go and Java Jones.