KEARNEY — A Kearney man faces six felony charges for allegedly stalking a woman and intimidating members of her family.
Kirk D. Robinson, 44, of Kearney is charged in Buffalo County Court with stalking, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of a short shotgun, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. The charges stem from incidents that allegedly took place between Aug. 15 and Oct. 29.
Buffalo County Court records outline the case against Robinson:
In September, the alleged victim received a text message from Robinson that showed GPS locations with start and stop times she had made on Aug. 30-31. The woman also received several additional messages from Robinson allegedly saying he had been tracking her location.
A police investigation of Robinson’s bank account revealed he allegedly bought $1,475 of surveillance equipment between Aug. 26 and Sept. 15, which included GPS tracking devices, hidden cameras made to look like smoke detectors and various other mobile battery-operated cameras that can be viewed over Wi-Fi or a cellular network.
The security company provided Buffalo County sheriff deputies with the GPS tracking history, which showed locations and addresses consistent with the alleged victim’s travel routes.
On Oct. 3, the alleged victim filed for a domestic abuse protection order in Buffalo County District Court against Robinson after receiving additional threatening phone calls and texts. Judge John Marsh granted the protection order Oct. 5.
On Oct. 16, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms received a phone call from a number belonging to Robinson. The caller, who asked to remain anonymous, wanted to report a revolver being illegally concealed in a pickup in western Nebraska.
On Oct. 18, the father of the alleged victim’s son reported to police finding a typed note about the need to remove a vehicle from Kearney, taped to the door of his house in western Nebraska.
On Oct. 20, the father of the alleged victim reported to Kearney police that he found a sawed-off shotgun under the seat of his pickup that didn’t belong to him. The preceding night, the vehicle had been parked at a Kearney bar.
After the weapon was discovered, records say, the Kearney/Buffalo County 911 Communications Center received a report from a caller wanting to remain anonymous reporting a sawed-off shotgun with the serial number scratched off was under the seat of a pickup parked at a Kearney business. The phone number belonged to Robinson.
When police went to the Kearney bar to investigate, no weapon was found inside the pickup.
The same day, the mother of the alleged victim living in western Nebraska reported finding a revolver in her pickup.
According to records, Verizon Wireless confirmed the cellphone number belonged to Robinson. Cellphone records also show Robinson left Kearney on Oct. 18 and headed toward western Nebraska, returning to Kearney later that day.
On Oct. 28, the alleged victim saw Robinson drive by her father’s house northwest of Kearney. The following day, she again saw Robinson drive by her father’s house where she had parked her vehicle.
Video surveillance from the house captured Robinson driving by the house, records show.
A short time after Robinson drove by, a KPD officer contacted him. Robinson had a key fob to the alleged victim’s vehicle in his possession. Reportedly, Robinson set off the alleged victim’s car alarm with the fob.
He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and a protection order violation.
Records say that during his arrest, Robinson questioned the officers on scene if they had arrested the father for possessing a sawed-off shotgun with the serial numbers scratched off.
Robinson posted bond and was released from jail Oct. 29. Later that night, court records say, Robinson again was observed driving by the house of the alleged victim’s father. The incident again was captured on video surveillance.
On Oct. 30, the ATF agent received another call from Robinson, who said he has many firearms at his house and he recently had begun to keep a pistol nearby. Records say police have observed numerous video surveillance cameras mounted on the outside of Robinson’s house.
A friend of Robinson’s reported receiving a text message Nov. 15 from Robinson. According to records, the message said, “Whatever doesn’t kill me better start running.” Court records indicate a composed message that states: “You have no idea the anger I have in me now. The honorable John Marsh is going to find out who I am.”
Another line of text says, “And by the time I get done suing this town and county, I’ll be called eccentric.”
Robinson is being held at the Buffalo County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond. According to court records, he will be representing himself when he appears for a preliminary hearing in January.
If he posts bond, Judge Gerry Jorgensen forbids Robinson from having contact with the alleged victims in the case, in addition to the standard conditions of his bond.