The man responsible for the well-known cartoon voice of Charlie Brown was arrested last week crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. At an arraignment Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty to 12 felony counts including making criminal threats and stalking.
Prosecutors say 56-year-old "Peanuts" voice actor Peter Robbins — heard in classic TV specials "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and others — stalked and threatened an ex-girlfriend and her breast enhancement surgeon.
Robbins, who paid for his then-girlfriend's implants, allegedly wanted a refund when the two broke up. NBC San Diego reports that during the hearing, prosecutors named the alleged victims as Shawna Kern and La Jolla plastic surgeon, Lori Saltz.
According to the complaint, after Saltz performed a breast enhancement on Kern, she and Robbins broke up. Robbins then demanded his money back from the surgery, stalking Saltz and threatening to kill her if she did not pay him back, said Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth McClutchey.
Saltz filed a restraining order against Robbins and placed an armed guard at her office. Robbins admitted to attacking Kern and their dog. McClutchey claims he also threatened to kill three people — Kern, Saltz and the police officer who arrested him.
The 30-year Oceanside resident was taken into custody after Customs and Border Protection authorities at the San Ysidro Port of Entry ran a background check and discovered a warrant issued by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
He is being held on $550,000 bond.
Defense attorney Marc Kohnen called Robbins a “distraught man” and said “this is not a stalking case” but declined to comment to the Associated Press on what led to his arrest.
Kohnen argued that the bail amount was too high given that Robbins had no criminal history or trouble with the law noting, "Mr. Robbins is an eccentric individual but he's not a threat."
ABC San Diego reports that McClutchey urged the judge to keep bail high 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.On Dec. 31,
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...
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."
Robbins was 9 years old when he started as the voice of Charlie Brown for "Peanuts" films and specials.
A bail review is set for Jan. 28. A preliminary hearing is set for March 22.