By Liz Shepherd
ROCHESTER — A Rochester woman was recently arrested after purchasing illegal drugs, which led to a man dying from an overdosing.
Abagaile Nicholle Robinson, 21, 426 W. Sixth St., Rochester, is charged with dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death, a level 1 felony; and possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony.
On May 31, a Fulton County Sheriff’s officer responded to a cardiac arrest situation at a residence. Upon arrival, officers found a man performing chest compressions on Elijah Miller, 35, Rochester. Officers then began administering Naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses, to Miller.
Miller’s mother was present at the residence and was asked by officers what happened. His mother said Miller had been sweaty all day and had not felt well. She then went on to say that Miller and his girlfriend, identified as Robinson, had gone to South Bend to get ice cream.
CPR was continued on Miller until Lutheran EMS arrived and medics took over. Miller was taken to Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester, where he was later pronounced deceased.
After Miller was taken to the hospital, officers inquired more about the day from Miller’s parents and Robinson. In an initial interview, Robinson said that Miller “wanted to get high” but did not admit to Miller purchasing anything.
Miller’s parents said that Miller had been doing well with sobriety and that he went in on a regular basis for drug testing.
On June 3, Robinson was interviewed by officers. Robinson said she had been in a relationship with Miller for two months and that they had known each other for about eight or nine years. She admitted that both she and Miller had a substance abuse history and said she goes to a methadone clinic in Fort Wayne every morning to receive treatment.
Robinson said she and Miller went to an ice cream shop in South Bend on May 31 and that she noticed Miller “acted like he was out of it,” but she thought he was exhausted. On their way back from South Bend, the two stopped at a Casey’s in Argos. Robinson said Miller went into the store for about 10 to 20 minutes. Shortly after returning to the residence, Miller lost consciousness. During that interview, Robinson denied knowledge of purchasing any drugs while in South Bend.
On June 3, messages were extracted from Miller’s cellphone. A message conversation between Robinson and an unidentified person showed that Robinson intended to travel to South Bend to purchase narcotics. Messages show the transaction was completed around 7:30 p.m. May 31 when the source told Robinson to go to a specific location.
On June 9, officers spoke with Miller’s mother. After Miller lost consciousness, she asked Robinson multiple times if they had done anything and if Miller had taken anything. Robinson denied seeing Miller take anything and said that all they did was get ice cream.
Robinson was booked in the Fulton County Jail on June 15, with a $75,000 surety bond.