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* Robert Newell Arrested In Benicia For Fourth Time On Stalking Charges

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Police in Benicia have arrested a man on charges of stalking his former girlfriend for the fourth time since early November.Robert Newell, 44, was arrested at his home in a condominium complex on Shirley Drive in Benicia at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after his alleged victim sought refuge in the Benicia Police Department lobby, saying Newell was chasing her in a pickup truck, police said.The woman arrived at the police station at 12:10 a.m. Saturday and told officers that a friend had been dropping her off at the home where she was staying when they spotted Newell in the street outside the house. Fearing for her safety, the woman and her friend drove away, but Newell followed them in a pickup truck and began tailgating their car, police said.The woman told officers that Newell followed the pair, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph and driving erratically, police said. At one point,he was able to force their car to stop near Lori Drive and West Seventh Street, and got out of the pickup truck to approach the victim. However her friend managed to maneuver the car around Newell’s truck and drive away. When he chased them once again, police said, they drove the car to the Benicia Police Department.Lt. Mike Daley said the victim “is in great danger” because of Newell.Police said this is the fourth such incident involving Newell since Nov. 3. On that evening, police responded to a domestic violence call from the victim’s home.The woman told the officers she and Newell had been dating for 11 months, and that he was upset that she wanted to break up.Newell was not found at that time, but four days later, police were called to his home after neighbors reported hearing a woman screaming. Officers eventually got inside the apartment and found the alleged victim,who they said had been kidnapped from a friend’s home.Police arrested Newell on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, terrorist threats and felony domestic violence. Officers also obtained an emergency protective order for the victim.On Nov. 16, Newell was spotted prowling outside the home where his former girlfriend was staying with a friend. Officers found him a few blocks away and arrested him for prowling.The Solano County District Attorney’s Office has filed felony stalking against Newell. He is being held on $500,000 bail.

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