Alleged Chris Cornell stalker Jessica Robbins is reportedly on the loose and her whereabouts are unknown.
TMZ reports that the FBI says Robbins, who was reportedly charged with stalking Chris Cornell in 2014, could show up at Cornell’s residence at any time. She reportedly removed her ankle monitor and failed to show up for a court appearance in a New York City federal court on Tuesday. According to the report, the FBI obtained a bench warrant for her arrest on Wednesday, and U.S. Marshals are working with Florida state authorities to find her.
It’s unclear how dangerous Chris Cornell’s alleged stalker may be, but she has a reported history of threats against Cornell and his wife. In July 2014, the Cornells pulled their kids out of New York public schools, fearing then-32-year-old Tampa woman Jessica Leigh Robbins would try to hurt them. The woman was arrested in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Times reported at the time that a judge barred Robbins from going within 1,000 feet of the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds, where Cornell’s band was scheduled to play a date soon thereafter.
According to the report, the FBI inferred from an internet post that Cornell’s alleged stalker may have tried to break into Cornell’s home in Miami the previous year, and Soundgarden’s website administrator had turned over “hostile” posts and tweets Robbins was believed to have written, which apparently put Cornell and his family “in fear of death or serious bodily injury.” The administrator reportedly indicated that Robbins sometimes left over 100 messages in a day, using 37 different names.
The author of an internet post believed to have been written by Robbins reportedly discussed driving seven hours to talk to Cornell but being unable to enter the elevator “in his residence” because they did not have a key for it. Given that the musician’s home actually does have such an elevator that requires a key and is roughly seven hours from the alleged stalker’s residence, the post was taken seriously and the family “became concerned for their safety.”
Cornell’s connection with Robbins goes back even further, though. She had reportedly appeared at an event in which Cornell was in attendance years earlier, approaching the singer about a manuscript she had sent him. According to a complaint, Cornell did not have any idea what she was referring to, though she reportedly posted videos later talking about it, claiming that Cornell had plagiarized her work. It’s unclear what this supposed manuscript was about. Stranger still, Cornell’s alleged stalker also reportedly claimed in a video to be the mother of one of his children, and according to the report, an FBI agent discovered evidence that Cornell’s wife had been reported for child abuse from the Florida woman’s phone.
TBO discussed this further, reporting, “She later posted messages online that Vicky Cornell was abusing her children and was addicted to drugs, according to court records. Robbins contacted the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and made a child abuse allegation against Cornell’s wife.”
The Tampa Bay Times report cites a hearing summary from her first court appearance, stating that Robbins has bipolar disorder. At this hearing, she was ordered her to wear an ankle monitor and stay off of the internet.
Cornell has a number of upcoming solo dates, with his next two performances being in Florida at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and Florida Theatre in Jacksonville on June 16 and June 17 respectively. These dates are followed by nine other East Coast performances. His tour of the United States and Canada will last throughout the next two months.
Chris Cornell and his family must be hoping the alleged stalker is located prior to the upcoming Florida dates and that she will be monitored accordingly.
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