SAN DIEGO: Judge refuses to lower bail for man who did voice of Charlie Brown
(CNS) – A judge Monday refused to lower the $550,000 bail 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.
Robbins 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.
After a bail review hearing Monday, Judge Peter Deddeh said Robbins' bail
should remain as set.
A readiness conference is scheduled March 19, and a preliminary hearing
is set for March 22.
Robbins, 56, was taken into custody the night of Jan. 20 while coming
back into the United States from Mexico after he was named in an arrest
At the defendant's Jan. 23 arraignment, 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
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 that he
began calling Saltz's office demanding his money back, according to the court
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. He was released on bond
the next day.
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.”