Two charged with robbing Sandusky man who later died

SANDUSKY Stephen Cobb was found injured and unconscious on a sidewalk earlier this month. He d
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Stephen Cobb was found injured and unconscious on a sidewalk earlier this month.  He died eight days later.  Now Sandusky police have released the names of two people accused of robbing him.

William Keyes, 19, 1000 block of W. Market St. is charged with complicity to aggravated robbery and a 15-year-old boy is charged with aggravated robbery -- both first-degree felonies.

Keyes was located at a Fulton Street home Friday afternoon and booked at the Erie County jail on $50,000 bond. The boy was served with his charge at Erie County Juvenile Detention Home where has been since early October on other charges.

Cobb's cause of death is still undetermined pending results of an autopsy by the Lucas County Coroner's office. The results from an examination of brain tissue are expected in a few weeks.

Sandusky firefighters and police responded to a call Oct. 6 for a man with a head injury on a sidewalk near the corner of McDonough and Water streets.

Cobb, 29, was found unconscious and lying in a pool of vomit. He was also bleeding from a small laceration in the back of his head, according to a report from the Sandusky Fire Department. No other obvious injuries were noted.

Police started investigating Cobb's death on Oct. 16, two days after he was pronounced dead at The University of Toledo Medical Center.

Cobb's family first thought he died from a brain aneurysm. Then rumors began to circulate in their neighborhood, leaving them seeking answers.

"We have not heard anything from the police department," said Susan Wittmer, Cobb's mother, a week after the investigation began. "We don't know what's going on."

In the meantime the family is dealing with the unexpected loss of their son.

"We're just kind of going day by day," Wittmer said.

The Cobb case remains under investigation. Keyes had no prior arrests through Sandusky police. The boy has a criminal record dating back three years including charges of assault, resisting arrest and drug possession.