Local man's trial set

Soldotna resident faces vehicle theft, kidnapping charges in 2 cases

A 46-year-old Soldotna man who has collected a number of criminal charges over the last two decades was recently charged with vehicle theft, leaving the scene of an accident, varying degrees of assault and kidnapping.


Nathan D. Robinson faces a total of 17 charges stemming from two cases. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 13 at the Kenai Courthouse.

Both alleged incidents occurred in October 2011. Alaska State Troopers report Robinson stole a vehicle from ACE Automotive in Soldotna. Kris Maxie, owner of ACE, stated a vehicle scheduled for maintenance was missing from his lot, according to court records. 

Troopers contacted the owner who also reported his Chevy Suburban stolen. 

Robinson allegedly led Troopers on a high-speed chase down Mackey Lake Road. The vehicle turned left onto Rainbow Drive and traveled about one mile before losing control and crashing into the tree line. The suspect, later indentified as Robinson from his driver’s license, fled on foot and was found ten minutes later hiding behind trees, according to court records. 

Robinson was remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held without bail. On the day of his arrest, a woman contacted Troopers and reported Robinson had assaulted her on Oct. 2 and 4 last year. 

The woman reported Robinson would drink then become violent, beating and threatening to kill her. She was alledegly choked and threatened with a knife on Oct. 2. Robinson allegedly also went into the bathroom with a kitchen knife and stated he was going to kill himself, according to court records.

Two days later, the couple was visiting family when Robinson allegedly misinterpreted a text the woman sent to her sister. She was forced into Robinson’s truck after being thrown to the ground — the basis of the kidnapping charge. 

Heading back toward Soldotna, Robinson allegedly turned onto Mackey Lake Road and told the woman he was going to kill her, according to court records. 

When Robinson stopped his truck the woman exited the vehicle and ran through the woods. She hid in the crawl space of a nearby residence the entire night, according to court records.

Robinson has numerous past offenses on the Central Peninsula, according to records.

In June 1992, he was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. The case was dismissed in September 1995.

In December 1996, he was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with no valid license. 

“The defendant was found in the driver seat of ... a vehicle as it was stuck in the snow bank with the engine running. Strong odor of alcohol, blood-shot watery eyes, slurred speech, wobbly stance,” police reported. His blood alcohol level was .209 percent.

The case was dismissed in February 1997.

In January 1997, Robinson was ordered to adhere to a protective order requested by a female he had been in a relationship with for five years. The court found probable cause to believe Robinson had committed a crime involving domestic violence against the requester.

In a letter submitted to authorities, the woman stated over five year Robinson physically and verbally abused her. He allegedly punched her in the stomach, choked her and fractured her nose.

Robinson had other charges during the 1990s. He had many charges against him dismissed in accordance with Criminal Rule 43(a). The prosecuting attorney files a dismissal of an incident or complaint. If approved the prosecution is terminated. The dismissal isn’t filed without the consent of the defendant.

Following the aforementioned offenses, Robinson was also charged in the 2000s with numerous crimes, like car theft, possession of a firearm and others.

In January 2002, Robinson was convicted of third-degree assault. Judge Jonathan Link sentenced Robinson to eight years in prison with five and a half suspended. He served the time and was placed on probation Jan. 30, 2003 for a period of three years.  

During this period he violated his conditions of probation by committing new crimes, specifically failing to report to his parole officer and leaving his region of residence without permission.

In May 2005, police reported Robinson committed first-degree burglary. Edna Jones, the apartment manager of the building Robinson was living in at the time, reported someone entered through her window when she traveled to Anchor Point for the a day. She noted approximately eight bottles of wine were missing from her kitchen; extra keys to her Nissan Pathfinder were missing from her purse; several gold coins were missing from a drawer inside her closet, which were valued at $2,700; and her Bose radio was missing.

“(Jones) said she has known the defendant for about two years and has considered him a friend. She knows he has a problem with alcohol and thought he was remaining sober until recently. ... She has recently suspected he was drinking and that this may explain the stolen bottles of wine,” police reported. 

During the service of a search warrant on Robinson’s apartment police found many of Jones’ items. Robinson never returned to the apartment.


Jerzy Shedlock canbe reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.


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