Good grief! Peter Robbins, best-known as the voice of Charlie Brown on the Peanuts television specials, has been arrested on suspicion of stalking and uttering harmful threats. The voice actor was held up at the Mexico/U.S. border on Sunday.
Robbins was detained while crossing back to the U.S. at the San Ysidro port of entry, after a background check showed an arrest warrant out for him.
He has been charged with 12 felony counts of stalking and harmful threats.
Although the victims’ names were not released, reports indicate he had been stalking an ex-girlfriend, and a plastic surgeon was on the receiving of the threats.
The 56-year-old pled not guilty in San Diego Superior Court on Wednesday. Robbins’ bail was set at $550,000 and the judge, David Szumowski, is forbidding him from having a gun and contacting the other two involved.
Robbins’ readiness hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 22, and his second will take place a month later. If found guilty, Robbins is looking at up to nine years in state prison.
Robbins team has yet to comment on the incident.
The Los Angeles native voiced the beloved character in several specials, including fan favourites It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). Each still air around Halloween and Christmas, respectively.
This marks the third incident since last November in which a popular children’s character has been in trouble with the law. First there was Elmo’s puppeteer Kevin Clash, who was accused of having sexual relations with a minor. Clash has since resigned his post on Sesame Street. Last week, the son of Barney‘s co-creator was arrested for attempted murder.