Media Crime File: Death by Mysterious Circumstances
PUGETSOUND.MEDIA presents another in a series of hard news stories related to what we see as a growing epidemic – a wave of crime sweeping across the broadcasting industry. These gritty tales of the darkside of the media nationwide, and the players behind these despicable acts, will appear as details become available. All details will remain UNCENSORED.
A 57-year-old West Palm Beach, Florida man who died after being found naked in Sebastian Inlet State Park, once worked as a director for WPBF Channel 25 news, a former co-worker said Tuesday.
Peter Robinson was a happy go-lucky man who “was always smiling,” Jim Sitton told the Palm Beach Post. Sitton, now a special project photographer at The Post’s news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5.
“He was a Jamaican man with a beautiful spirit,” said Sitton. “Out of all the people I know, he would have been the last person to go out like this.”
Before detained by Brevard County officers, Robinson fled Indian River County police after running a red light at an intersection and swerving on and off the road, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office’s police report. Officers found him incoherent and naked in the water at the park, along State Road A1A at the border of Indian River and Brevard counties. Robinson died at a hospital on Saturday while in custody with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
A spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office said Robinson seemed to be under the influence of an undetermined substance. His death is still under investigation.
WPBF declined to comment and said they do not make remarks on previous employees.
In fact, the TV station did not acknowledge that Robinson was a former employee of the station, during their on-air reports of the incident.
This is the “criminal” aspect of this story. Despite being under the influence and acting crazy, Robinson had spent 23 years with the company.
If this had been someone at KING 5, a 20-plus year employee, would KING have ignored this fact in reporting the story? I hope not.
KOMO, KIRO, KCPQ – I think any of the stations would have mentioned the fact.
This is LAME!
23 years – Thank you for your service. We now disavow your history with WPBF TV 25. Rest in Peace!