NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren man was hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic with critical injuries after he told officers that he was attacked at a Newton Falls motel. A family member reported that he passed away from his injuries ten days later.
Jeffrey Morgan, 53, said he was at the Budget Lodge on State Route 5, where he told police he was robbed and attacked.
The family member said he was at home just that morning, but he received a text and was lured to the motel to be robbed.
Morgan told police someone knocked on the door around 7:20 a.m. December 10. He said he opened the door and an unknown person punched him in the face and robbed him at gunpoint, according to a Trumbull County Sheriff’s report.
Morgan was unable to give a good description of his attacker, according to the report. He told officers the man was wearing all black and got into a white vehicle when he left.
He said the man stole $100, as well as his driver’s license and the keys to his vehicle.
Morgan refused medical treatment at the scene but the next day, police said he was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital for a brain bleed. He was later taken to Cleveland Clinic with critical injuries.
The family member said he was on the organ transplant waiting list for a heart and taking heart medication. She said his medication caused more internal bleeding.
Morgan had two brain surgeries but doctors said he wouldn’t survive another, the family member said.
She said he passed away December 20.
Investigators interviewed the hotel’s owner, who said he didn’t see or hear anything suspicious. They are investigating the circumstances surrounding Morgan’s reported stay at the hotel.