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Soldotna resident faces vehicle theft, kidnapping charges in 2 cases

Posted: February 6, 2012 - 12:44am

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.


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jessnjeff 02/06/12 - 12:27 pm

recitivism rate here is alarming...hope the judge sees that we the public deserve the benefit of not having him loose... either that, or he can live at the judge's house and allow the judge to be responsible for keeping an eye on him...

orionsbow1 02/06/12 - 05:32 pm
Shame on the judge

Shame on the judge and DA for letting him get to this point. It sounds like he should have done hard time long before this.

kenaibear2001 02/06/12 - 07:13 pm
Slam dunk!

With all those charges, it's a done deal. Let out on bail, drop all charges except leaving the scene of an accident, and give 10 hours community service.

OK, I did my part now.... back to my video game!

Citizen17 02/07/12 - 05:31 am

Here is another example of the failure of our judicial system. The judicial system is not at all operating as was originally intended. The system has become a corrupt institution with no virus protection. Is anyone concerned about why there are so many repeat offenders? The court system is a sham and the prison system, that they call "department of corrections", is a joke. Make a prison a prison....make a country club a country club. Some people can live better in the so called "prisons" than they can on their own. Make the prisons a place where no one will want to go.

jlmh 02/08/12 - 02:03 am

The woman hid out in someone's crawl space all night?? Was she familiar with this residence, or did she seriously just trespass into someone's house and lurk there for hours? I assume they weren't home, or that would just be creepy. Couldn't she have dialed 911 from the house? What a crazy story. This laundry list of felonies and dismissals is absurd. Yes, jessnjeff, let's house this guy with the judge. It looks like Anna Moran got assigned to this latest heap of charges. She likes dismissing cases. Maybe he can live in her crawl space! I see they also reopened the cases from 2001 and 2005, with Judge Huguelet presiding.

Hunt 02/08/12 - 03:39 am
what a crock!

Thats how they do it in our town. Our DA is worthless and so our our judges. Why sentance a man to 8 years and suspend 5 and a half? WTF!! Give the SOB 8 years and make him do all of it with no chance or early release!! There needs to be stiffer punishment for DUI's and repeat offenders of any felony charges. They dont learn and will get out and do it all over again. I have personally seen it time and time again. Two DUI"s should be a mandatory 5 years with no chance of early release and 10 years probation with an ankle monitor and no chance of ever getting a license of any kind including a temporary licence for work. If and when they violate there parole give them another 5 years. I can garantee you less people will be driving drunk because they would be in jail!

I know someone who has 5 DUI's and hasn't done more than a year in jail untill the 5th one. Now they will be out in less than two years and probabally do it again. They guy above should either be locked away for life or be beat to a pulp he is nothing but a waste of good air, but I'm sure he will be back on the streets within five years.

bigtalkahh 02/08/12 - 09:19 am
Take a Closer Look Into That Crock

Can't agree at all with Hunt. Nobody should go to prison for a DUI. There must be a better alternative. We only put the unlucky ones in jail. It is a game of roulette. A crazy system. Prisons should only be for serious criminals. The cheese is placed in front of the hungry mouse and the prison industry springs the trap, takes a bunch of their money and basically ruins their lives. A horrible system filled with egotistical back stabbers.

jlmh 02/09/12 - 03:01 am
Be effective, not harsh

Imposing lengthy sentences and hefty barriers to ever being productive again just makes an offender a greater burden on society. As long as their problems can be controlled, it's best to do it outside a penal institution. Violent and dangerous offenders aren't easy to control, but DUIs are. We just don't have a good system right now. Numerous studies show ignition-lock devices to be very effective. They are not foul-proof as a technology, and can theoretically be cheated in a number of ways, but the research consistently shows that this doesn't tend to happen. The decision to drive drunk tends to be made carelessly, as an afterthought once a person has already become intoxicated, and not as a premeditated endeavor involving a lot of planning. So generally the inconvenience of having the ignition-lock device deters these whimsical decisions. Getting a decoy to breathe into it, or convincing someone to lend a car, for example, are tasks that the drunken individual isn't up to. Mandatory ignition-lock devices after the FIRST offense is completely reasonable, puts the burden on the offender financially (they pay for the device before they can get their vehicle back), and allows them to continue gainful employment instead of incarceration. I think we could also offer adjusted licenses on the SECOND offense, which say "Do Not Sell Alcohol" (like the licenses of minors, which contain a sidebar saying "Under 21") to place hurdles in their ability to purchase alcohol at all. Then reserve jail for the THIRD offense, since that would clearly demonstrate that an individual is part of a rare minority that will find a way to drink and drive no matter what. Fines, jail, and threats are unpleasant, but a person who is drunk isn't thinking about consequences. So a real solution to DUIs would be measures that don't require an offender to use foresight, but rather make it physically impossible (or seriously difficult) to offend in the first place.

cbeard 02/09/12 - 03:16 pm
Circumstantial Accountability

Harsh sentences on individuals will just continue to happen unless there's some broader scale accountability in the works. Monitor bars and liquor stores for illicit sales, sales to people disruptively drunk, and stiffer punishments for people allowing minors to consume on their property or in their supervision. I'd like to see "party parents" serve a mandatory year long jail sentence.

It's hysterical that Anchorage bars started legal fund to help bartenders and patrons defend their cases after being arrested for alcohol related misconduct and oversales. Where do I go to donate to the prosecution and where do we start making a concerted effort like that on the peninsula?

witchwitch 02/09/12 - 08:27 pm
Innocent until proven Guilty in America

I have no problem with our justice system incarcerating criminals. However, using dismissals to denigrate a person's character is ignorant and unjust.

Many people have been abused by our judicial system here in Kenai. Do you remember the nationally famous case where the state alleged that a motorist was watching a DVD while driving, causing a fatal accident? The truth established at trial was that there was no evidence that the unit was even on...

Do you remember the Nudson trial, where an individual was charged with murder for defending himself when confronted by a group of armed assailants at his home in Nikiski.

Most of the time, these types of charges are simply an act of extortion used by the State prosecutor, to force an otherwise innocent person to plead guilty to a lesser charge. The defense of each of these innocent citizens cost the accused in the neighborhood of $100K and likely cost the taxpayers even more.

I would be very reluctant to find fault with any individual based on the fact that they were charged and NOT found guilty, especially here in the Kenai area. Most people involved with the court will admit that there are problems and injustice perpetrated by those who make their livelihood from the system.

Our system is rigged to obtain convictions and crush those who lack the funds or the expertise to fight against wrongful prosecution.

From the use of illegal jury instruction, which is legal when the court decides that it is, to the standard use of extortion and lies, when exposed are neither acknowledged or prosecuted when the actor is a witness for the prosecution or a law enforcement official... anyone facing criminal charges face a stacked deck.

However, this is America, and you are INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY.

witchwitch 02/09/12 - 08:44 pm
and then there's Qualified immunity

And I didn't even touch the subject of qualified immunity, whereby government officials, employees, etc. are routinely determined to be above the same law that private individuals are forced to face.

There is a great deal of bias and injustice perpetrated by the system that we are forced to exist under. Too many people are unaware or ambivalent regarding the true nature of our justice system. The other side of the coin is that there are too many cases that are not investigated properly or at all.

Simply tossing the accused into the fire serves for a great soundbite for those who are afraid and/or unaware of the nature and operation of our system. Those of us who have spend some time at the courthouse know better, whether those who are on the receiving end of such governmental largess wish to admit to it or not....

tamararobinson68 02/10/12 - 01:09 pm
In response to jlmh's comments

I am the victim of these resent assaults listed in this article. I DO know the person who's house I hid under very well. 25 years in fact. I went there trying to get help, but they were not home. The door was locked, the accused broke my cell phone and I didn't want to disturb the neighbors at that time of night, so I went under the house were I could hide until the owner came home.
Unfotrunately for me, he was out of state, so I stayed under the house, where I wouldn't be found and hurt again, until daylight and could find assistance at one of his nieghbors houses.
Had you gone through what I had, you might understand that a person will do whatever they have to to survive. And at the time, I feared that if I would have been found, I would have been either hurt badly again or killed.

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