Crime

Source: Man arrested on charges of beating, stalking former girlfriend

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A man sought by police on a felony domestic violence warrant has been arrested eleven days after the District Attorney’s Office filed charges in the case, according to an individual with direct knowledge of the development.

The individual was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke to The Update on the condition of anonymity. The man’s wanted status was publicized by the Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers.

Robert Richard Carlson, 40, was booked Monday night at the Sacramento County Main Jail on one count of corporal injury to a spouse, as charged in documents obtained and released by The Update.

Carlson is held on $1.5M bail. Online jail records show officials are also working on charging him with five counts of buying or receiving stolen property.

According to papers submitted to the District Attorney’s Office by family abuse investigators with the Sacramento Police Department, Carlson stalked and beat his former girlfriend, who will be referred to by The Update under the pseudonym “Sarah” out of concern for her privacy.

Sarah, who lived with Carlson, outlined a chaotic scene to investigators on December 6th. She said he showed up at her mom’s house the previous night after stalking her for around a year, eventually leading her to get rid of her phone because he had been tracking it.

Once Carlson got there, according to investigators, Sarah got into his car after he began damaging property in an effort to quell his anger. Carlson then drove her to a storage unit in Rancho Cordova, where a volatile situation occurred that Sarah was hesitant to speak to investigators about. After, Carlson drove her back to her mother’s house.

Once they arrived, Sarah claimed, Carlson punched her in the head. Officers were able to corroborate her claim with the presence of a significant bump on the woman’s forehead.

No restraining order is currently on file for the couple, however, 13 previous reports of domestic violence and vandalism involving the duo have been filed, according to police officials.

Carlson will be arraigned Thursday afternoon. If convicted, he could face up to four years in state prison and a fine of up to $6,000.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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