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Homeless Roanoke man dies after September assault

10-27-15 Virginia:

A homeless Roanoke man who was assaulted last month died Monday, police said.

Thomas Patrick Corriveau, 62, died at a hospital from complications of the Sept. 30 attack, and the medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide on Tuesday, Roanoke police spokesman Scott Leamon said.

About 1 p.m. Oct. 1, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a report about an intoxicated person leaning over a railing at a business in the 300 block of Elm Avenue in southeast Roanoke, Leamon said. The man had injuries to his face and his side.

Responders took the man, who initially provided a false name, to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police said he was extremely intoxicated.

On Oct. 8, one of Corriveau’s family members contacted police and said he had called the family on Sept. 30 and said he had been beaten up and robbed of cash and other property in Roanoke, Leamon said. Corriveau told the family member he was going to the hospital for treatment. Leamon said he was the same person Roanoke Fire-EMS took to the hospital on Oct. 1.

A family member told police that Corriveau’s condition had worsened. Detectives tried to speak with Corriveau the next day, Leamon said, but he was unresponsive.

On Oct. 21, detectives went to the hospital again. This time, Corriveau was coherent and told them that multiple males had beaten him up and robbed him. He said he knew the people, but he refused to name them, Leamon said. Corriveau said he wanted to leave the hospital and did not want to press charges.

It is not clear how long Corriveau was homeless. He has more than 150 criminal offenses in the Roanoke court system, most of them misdemeanors such as drunk in public, sleeping on a city bench, trespassing and panhandling.

According to online court records, Corriveau failed to register as a sex offender three times: once in Martinsville and twice in Roanoke. He was convicted of sexual battery of a minor in 1989 in Orange County, Florida.

According to Virginia State Police’s sex offender registry, Corriveau listed his address as the Rescue Mission in downtown Roanoke, but it’s unclear when he last stayed at the shelter. He once lived in Martinsville, according to public records.

This is Roanoke’s 10th reported homicide of 2015. ..Source.. by Amy Friedenberger

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