LAKE COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Eastlake Police Department said Rick Adams, the 20-year-old man who beat a teen for allegedly sexually assaulting a boy, died Monday night.
According to his uncle, Adams was unresponsive in his bed, after his girlfriend noticed he wasn’t breathing.
The Eastlake Police Chief said the cause of death is still under investigation, with early signs pointing toward a drug overdose.
Adams made headlines earlier this month when he stopped an alleged sexual assault of a 5-year-old boy by a 17-year-old boy.
“I was doing laundry and I walked out and there was the 17-year-old and he had the 5-year-old’s penis in his mouth," Adams said.
Adams then beat the teen and posted a video on Facebook after the assault.
The video showed the battered teen covered in blood and being angrily questioned about the sexual assault.