Former owner of Pinons dies after assault in North Carolina |

Former owner of Pinons dies after assault in North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. ” Paul Chanin, the former owner of Pinons restaurant in Aspen, died last week following injuries that came as the result of an assault with an aluminum baseball bat, his son said Monday.

He was 82.

Chanin was hospitalized after he sustained serious injuries the morning of April 20, when a man entered the Flat Rock, N.C., home in which he was staying and allegedly assaulted Chanin and his ex-wife, Carol Chanin, 65.

Chanin died Thursday at a hospital in Asheville, N.C., said his son, Jeff Chanin.

“For the whole family it has been incredibly tragic,” he said.

Jeff Chanin said Carol Chanin was his stepmother, but she and his father had divorced. Paul Chanin, who was living in Palm Beach, Fla., was visiting his ex-wife in North Carolina at the time of the alleged assault, the son said.

“She is doing OK,” the son said of his former stepmother.

The suspect, Charles Anthony Ball, 39, of Henderson, N.C., is in jail on $250,000 bond. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, according to published reports. His next court appearance is scheduled May 8 in Henderson County District Court.

Jeff Chanin said he expected another charge to be filed because his father has died. Officials in North Carolina could not be reached for immediate comment Monday.

Paul Chanin lived in Aspen for about a decade. He sat on numerous boards, including the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, Aspen Community Foundation and the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf.

He left Aspen earlier this decade for health reasons, his son said.

Paul Chanin was the owner of Pinons for about five years before Rob Mobilian came in as a partner around 1996. Beth and Rob Mobilian bought him out in 2001.

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