Richard Robinson was born in New York City to a struggling family. He is the youngest of three siblings, one brother and two sisters, and no father. With such a rather large family with only one source of income, his mother, he was usually left with a lot of responsibility which left him much too preoccupied to pay attention to, or care about, school. After awhile, however, his carelessness expanded to many of the chores his family entrusted him with and as time went on he decided to explore the many back-alleys and streets of the city instead of dealing with the responsibilities of his life. This only managed to get him into trouble with both the police and many criminals which earned him the contempt of his family. As soon as Ricky turned eighteen, he dropped out of highschool. Not shortly after his boisterous and lazy attitude caused his exasperated mother to kick him out. After he became homeless, he turned to exploring beyond the city of his birth, surviving off shoplifting and the work he could find along the way and almost always sleeping in a tent outside wherever he currently was. It was this lifestyle that lead him to Chernarus. After a while, he learned how to spot opportunities and find work, and even managed to save up for tickets to fly him to all the faraway places of world where he could truly chase the freedom of exploration.
So when he heard about Chernarus after the civil war and unrest that put it in the headlines, he was one of the first to hop into a boat and head to witness and explore it with his own two eyes. He soon grew fond of the rolling fields and farmland, dense forest, the extensive system of nature trails, and beautiful coastlines. This all changed, of course, as everyone knows, with the hostilities at the border and infected swarming down from the north in South Zagoria where he was currently camping. Unlike some other survivors, Ricky had no clue what was going on and when he started to see the armed soldiers and the rabid monsters, hear the gunshots in the distance, see jets in the sky, he cut his losses, packed as much food as he could scavenge, steal, or buy, and ran into the woods where felt safest. When he started running low on food, and the gunshots became far and few between, he emerged to find a nation in tatters, with him boxed in.
Ricky suddenly found himself without the easier means to find food. There was no one to work for and hard to find someone unprepared enough to steal from. He finally decided to find an organization that was willing to take his survival skills in exchange for the security one gains from the strength in numbers..