Man admits to stalking wife

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

On March 5, 2006, after nearly five years of domestic confrontations, Robert Tubbs, a Greensboro city employee, plead guilty to stalking his wife and shooting into her trailer.

It was October 20, 2001, when Willie Tubbs, 54, first filed a complaint against her husband Robert,43, after a small problem escalated into something more.

According to police reports, two guns were removed from the couple’s Greensboro residence one day after the couple had a confrontation about the television volume. Willie said her then husband, Robert, had made previous threats to kill her and had said the same words to her upon his return that day.

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A month later on November 11, 2001, she filed another complaint against him. This time for harassing communications from various residences. Willie indicated in a police report that Robert wanted her to move from the trailer and he was going to burn it down.

But things got out of control in the midst of the couple’s divorce, when Willie’s home was shot into on March 9, 2002.

No one was hurt, but the shots caused damage to the walls of Willie’s trailer and her refrigerator.

Willie told officers she had been having trouble with Robert and informed them of the harassing phone calls at home and work, numerous confrontations, and various times he was seen driving by her residence, thus making him a prime suspect although no one was seen at the time of the shooting.

Willie went before the district court two days later, on March 11, stating she had received phone calls from Robert consisting of repeated threats and him laughing while saying “Sorry I miss.” This testimony implied to the court that Robert was intentionally trying to place Willie in “reasonable fear of death, or serious bodily harm,” Hale County district court records state.

More than four years after the incident, district attorney Michael Jackson said Robert plead guilty to stalking and shooting into an occupied building shortly before the start of his jury trial.

Robert, a former city mechanic, received a 10-year sentence for his actions.

“Domestic violence eats at the fabric of our community,” Jackson said. “We are going to keep shipping off gunslingers and criminals who stalk their victims.”