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Bail review scheduled for `Charlie Brown' voice actor in stalking case

Published On: Jan 28 2013 07:17:59 AM CST
SAN DIEGO -

A bail hearing is scheduled today for Oceanside  resident Peter Robbins -- the voice of Charlie Brown in several Peanuts films  and television specials -- who is charged with threatening his girlfriend and  the doctor who performed her breast enhancement surgery.
      The defendant faces up to nine years in prison if convicted of two  counts of stalking and 10 counts of making criminal threats, said Deputy  District Attorney Elizabeth McClutchey.
      Robbins, 56, was taken into custody the night of Jan. 20, coming back  into the United States from Mexico, after authorities learned of a warrant for  his arrest.
      At the defendant's arraignment last Wednesday, McClutchey urged Judge  David Szumowski to keep the defendant's bail at $550,000 because it was the  alleged victims' perception that Robbins was a "desperate man" and "had  nothing to lose."
      The prosecutor also said Robbins had purchased a gun but had not yet  received it, and had practiced firing a gun at a shooting range.
      McClutchey alleged that on Dec. 31, Robbins threatened Dr. Lori Saltz,  who had performed breast enhancement surgery on his girlfriend, Shawna Kern.
      According to a declaration in support of the arrest warrant, Saltz told  authorities that Robbins had paid for the surgery and follow-up appointments.
      Kern, of Los Angeles, told authorities she was staying at a hotel in  Carlsbad when she was involved in a domestic violence incident with Robbins in  which he allegedly grabbed her by the neck and demanded that she go with him to  get back the money he paid for her breast enhancement surgery.
      Kern said her relationship with Robbins ended after that, and he began  calling Saltz's office demanding his money back, according to the court  document.
      McClutchey said Saltz stayed at a hotel because she was fearful of  Robbins, and also hired an armed guard for her business.
      The prosecutor alleged that Robbins left several threatening phone  messages for Kern, saying in one, "You better hide Shawna, I'm coming for you.  I'm going to find you in Sun Valley or wherever the (expletive) you live and  I'm going to kill you."
      In an uncharged incident, Robbins allegedly threatened to kill a police  sergeant who arrested him on Jan. 13, McClutchey said.
      Robbins was released on bond the next day and was given a Jan. 28 court  date, which was pending when he was arrested Sunday at the border.
      Defense attorney Marc Kohnen argued last week that Robbins' bail was  excessive because his client had no criminal record and had never been in  trouble with the law before.
      "Mr. Robbins is an eccentric individual but he's not a threat," the  defense attorney said.   
      Robbins was nine years old when he began doing the voice of Charlie  Brown for such films and television specials as "A Boy Named Charlie Brown,"  "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."