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Mystery surrounds unresponsive man found in road

Posted at 12:53 PM, Apr 12, 2016

Police are trying to figure out what happened in the hours before a man was found unresponsive in the middle of a Barberton road over the weekend.

WARNING: Photos above may be disturbing to some.

A driver called police after finding 36-year-old Robin Couto in the 700 block of West Hopocan Road between 8th and 15th streets around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. He had visible head and arm injuries, leading police to believe he was either assaulted or hit by a car.

Police were not able to positively identify the victim until Monday. He's being treated in the intensive care unit at Summa Akron City Hospital.

His mother, Nancy Stewart, said her son has bleeding in his brain and remains in an induced coma.

Stewart believes someone robbed and attacked her son because his wallet and backpack are missing.

"He didn't deserve this," she said.

Police know Couto left a Norton shopping center after 7 p.m. Friday, but the circumstances after that are unclear. Detectives said Couto has been able to respond at times with hand signals, but investigators have not been able to gather any information from him about what happened.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Summit County Crime Stoppers at 330-434-COPS. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.