According to info from the Stone County Circuit Court, Robert Trask Swanson, 44, was charged last week after two separate incidents from this year — one occurring on April 9 and the other on June 20.
In the April 9 incident, authorities say Swanson entered Walmart in Mountain View with a pistol on his side. An officer, working as an off-duty security job at the store, saw Swanson with the gun and stopped him. After a crime information check, three active orders of protection against Swanson were reported on his record as well as felony criminal convictions out of the state of Florida.
Swanson said the orders of protection were obtained by his parents in Florida years ago, not in Arkansas, and don’t apply now. It was explained to him that those orders have nationwide enforcement, and because Swanson also had felony convictions in Florida, he wasn’t allowed to possess a firearm.
Court information also reported on June 20, police were called to a Mountain View residence about a domestic incident. There, officers found an individual who said they had been allegedly attacked by Swanson.
Swanson had left the residence before police arrived, but he was found in a van nearby and taken into custody. Police say the victim had numerous red marks and scrapes on their back as well as red marks and minor swelling on the side of their neck. Another person at the residence who saw part of the incident confirmed the victim had tried to leave the residence, but Swanson wouldn’t let them.
The victim also said this was the third time they had been assaulted by Swanson, but it was the first time police were called, noting authorities were not contacted regarding the earlier incidents because of fear of reprisal from Swanson.
Swanson was taken to jail and charged with felony aggravated assault on a family or household member and also charged as a habitual offender. Swanson’s bond was set at $50,000.
For the Walmart incident, Swanson is facing counts of possession of a firearm by a certain person, a Class D felony, and violation of an order of protection, a misdemeanor.
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