SAN DIEGO – The man behind the voice of the beloved Peanuts comic strip appeared in a San Diego courtroom Wednesday and charged with stalking and making criminal threats.
Peter Robbins, 56, appeared before Judge David Szumowski and plead not guilty to 10 counts of making criminal threats and 2 counts of stalking.
“There were a number of death threats made against two separate victims. One is surgeon in SD and another is a woman who came down to SD, but she was not from here,” said Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth McClutchey.
McClutchey argued Robbins stalked his ex-girlfriend, Shawna Kern of Los Angeles and paid for breast augmentation surgery for her. When the two ended their relationship, Robbins began to demand his money back. McClutchey said one incident was at a Carlsbad hotel on New Year’s Eve.
“He demanded that she go with him to get the money back from the surgeon,” said McClutchey. “When she declined he started hitting his dog who was present at the hotel.”
Prosecutors said Robbins continued to hit the dog when Kern declined to help. He even physically attacked her.
“He grabbed her by the neck, shoved her against the door and fled the hotel leaving his dog behind,” said McClutchey. “She did have a slight injury to her face. The dog was not injured.”
Robbins is also accused of making threats against Kern’s surgeon. He was caught on the clinic’s surveillance camera and managers said he left notes saying he would kill Shawna Kern if his money was not returned.
He was arrested on January 20when he tried to enter back into the U.S. from Mexico at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
“When he was detained at that time his car did not have any license plates on it. He did not have any identification and he actually identified himself with a different name,” said McClutchey.
McClutchey said Robbins was a public safety risk, flight risk and a threat to society.
“He had threatened multiple victims on different occasions and it was the witnesses perception that he had nothing to lose,” said McClutchey.
“I do believe the case is over charged and we’ll have the opportunity to defend it in court,” said Robbins’ attorney Marc Kohnen. “This is not a stalking case. This is not a case where any threats had any opportunity to be carried out.”
He said his client is anything, but a criminal.
“He’s never been in trouble with the law. He was actually an award winning performer,” said Kohnen. “We’ve all grown up watching these movies, our kids have grown up watching these films on television.”
Judge David Szumowski ordered Robbins not to have contact with the two victims and to not possess a gun. His bail is set at $550,000.
If convicted he could face up to nine years in prison.