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Robbins Charged Following Brawl

Former All-Pro Facing Attempted Murder Charges, Life in Prison

By Amy Shipley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 20, 2005; Page D07

MIAMI, Jan. 19 -- Former Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Barret Robbins faces attempted murder charges stemming from a brawl with three police officers Saturday night in Miami Beach's nightclub district that left him critically injured.

Robbins, 31, who was shot twice in the upper torso by one of the officers responding to a burglary call, laughed as he carried out a series of attacks in the hallway of a mostly empty office building, according to the arrest affidavit released Wednesday by Miami Beach Police.


Former Raiders center Barret Robbins, here during a game in 2003, is facing attempted murder charges following a brawl with police. (Paul Sakuma -- AP)

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"His goal was to try to kill all three officers," police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said.

In the latest in a string of bizarre episodes for Robbins, who mysteriously left the Raiders on the eve of the 2003 Super Bowl, the 380-pound former all-pro was accused of pummeling the three officers who confronted him after he barreled through an interior door of a first-floor pub -- The Playwright Irish Pub -- despite the protests of the chef and owner.

In addition to the attempted felony murder charges, which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, Robbins faces lesser charges that include resisting arrest with violence, trespassing and trying to deprive an officer of his firearm, according to Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office.

Robbins, who remains hospitalized at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, has a Feb. 9 arraignment date, Griffith said. Robbins's attorney, Edward J. O'Donnell of Miami, said his client has been unconscious since undergoing emergency surgery on wounds to his heart and lung and was on a respirator. Neither O'Donnell nor the police have been able to interview him.

O'Donnell said Robbins's wife Marisa -- from whom he has been separated -- said Robbins hadn't been taking medication for depression and bipolar disorder for some time. "My inclination, based on what I've read in the arrest affidavit and what I know about his past problems, it appears to me to be a case where the insanity defense would be very well-taken," O'Donnell said. "His behavior as outlined in the arrest affidavit is not that of a sane person."

Hernandez said it was unclear how long Robbins, whose driver's license lists his residence as Englewood, Colo., had been in South Florida, or what he was doing at the office complex above the well-known nightclub Mansion.

Robbins was found hiding in a second-floor women's bathroom at about 8 p.m. Saturday by two detectives responding to the 911 call from the pub, the report and Hernandez said. While being escorted from the bathroom, he abruptly jumped a third officer who had instructed him to place his hands on a wall to be searched, according to the arrest affidavit.

Robbins laughed as he repeatedly pounded the officer, Colin Pfrogner, with his fists, driving him into an emergency exit door, the report said.

Robbins was undeterred by kicks and punches from the other two detectives, Mark Schoenfeld and Michael Muley, who tried unsuccessfully to subdue him but he eventually turned his attention away from Pfrogner to pick up Schoenfeld twice, slamming him into both sides of the hallway, the report said.

None of the officers weighs more than 180 pounds, Hernandez said.

Robbins then tried to grab Pfrogner's firearm, according to the affidavit, at which point Muley drew his gun, threatening to shoot Robbins. After Robbins grabbed Muley's entire face with his hand and slammed his head into a wall, Robbins pinned Muley's forearms against the wall and "began to snarl and growl at him," the report said.

Muley then lunged away from Robbins and shot him twice in the torso. After shouting an expletive and throwing Muley to the ground once more, Robbins sat down and was taken into custody by the other officers, according to the affidavit.

Muley received treatment for a concussion at Miami Beach's Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Robbins, who was released by the Raiders last summer after testing positive for the steroid THG, also faces battery and disorderly conduct charges for allegedly hitting a nightclub security guard in San Francisco in December.

The day before the 2003 Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Robbins disappeared without explanation, later blaming the absence on failing to take his medication for depression and bipolar disorder.

His agent, Drew Pittman, did not return a call seeking comment.


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