'King of hearts' arsonist now charged in Spring Garden assault, kidnapping

Alexander Robb

A man responsible for a series of arsons in southern York County has found himself once again locked up in York County Prison after police said he held a woman against her will in a Spring Garden Township home last week.

Alexander Justin Bedour Robb, 29, allegedly became enraged at the woman while they were talking at her home Monday, and he assaulted and choked her, court documents state.

Police said Robb also threatened to kill her new boyfriend if she left the home, and he monitored her text messages during a 24-hour period.

The victim was previously involved with Robb, according to authorities.

Robb, of the 600 block of Country Club Road, Spring Garden Township, remains in York County Prison without bail, charged with strangulation and kidnapping, as well as  misdemeanor offenses of simple assault and making terroristic threats and a summary harassment offense.

Police said the woman had an active protection-from-abuse order against Robb.

Incident: The victim told authorities that she agreed to have Robb over to her home so they could talk.

During the night, he became angry over her new boyfriend and became physical with her, according to police, who said he grabbed the woman by the arms, hit, pushed, groped and threw her multiple times.

He then told her he would kill her, her boyfriend, her family and everything she loves before he choked her, court documents allege.

Whenever she tried to leave the house, he would say he would kill her new boyfriend if she did, police said.

Robb  also hovered over her and monitored every text message she sent her friends, charging documents state.

The responding officer found she had swelling or bruising to her head, face, arms and legs, according to police.

Arson: Robb and another man intentionally set numerous vehicles on fire in the southern York County area between December 2009 and February 2011.

Robb and Michael Nalls left a king of hearts playing card at the scene of  each fire.

In September 2011, the two were sentenced to 2½ to five years in York County Prison, and they were ordered to pay roughly $124,000 in restitution.

Robb pleaded guilty in 13 arsons, and Nall pleaded guilty in 11 of them.

They both claimed the other was the lookout during the fires. 

The vehicles targeted were in Glen Rock, Shrewsbury and New Freedom boroughs, Windsor, Hopewell and Penn townships and in Baltimore County, Maryland, police said.

Robb was arraigned on his newest charges the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Arraigning District Judge John H. Fishel denied Robb bail because of his past history of violent behavior and because he is an "extreme threat" to others, according to online court documents.

Robb does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29 at District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.