Witness terrified after murderer released by mistake

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A man who committed murder in Indianapolis is out of jail decades before he should be. Now, one man who helped convict him is afraid he’ll come looking for him.

Steven Robbins, 44, was only about 10 years into a 60 year sentence for murder when he underwent a bizarre transfer out of the Michigan City prison and into the Cook County jail in Chicago Tuesday.

Robbins was transported out of the state in order to appear in court on a 1992 drug charge out of Cook County. Court records indicate that prosecutors actually dismissed the charge back in 2007, but Robbins reportedly didn’t pay a $5 processing fee.

Paperwork from Indiana Corrections officials made it clear not to release Steven. In addition, when a Illinois judge dismissed Robbins’ drug charge on Wednesday this week, the judge wrote on his paperwork that Robbins was to be released for “this case only.”

Yet somehow he was still allowed to leave the jail.

“Our initial investigation appears to be a clerical error,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. “In no way are we ducking responsibility. We let people down and we’re going to fix this.”

Fox59 News spoke to an Indianapolis man who served as a key witness in Robbins murder conviction. He didn’t want to be identified but did want to warn people about Robbins.

“He’s a cold-blooded killer,” the witness said. “Heartless.”

In 2002, the man watched as Robbins shot 24-year-old Richard Melton on Bolton Avenue in Indianapolis.

“He was beating on his wife and my (friend) asked him to stop beating his wife,” the witness said. “(Robbins) snapped and came back and shot him while I was standing right next to him.”

Federal, state and local officials are now trying to hunt down Robbins, who they consider very dangerous.

Robbins is about 5-feet, 5-inches tall, weighs about 190 pounds and has the name “Nicole” tattooed on his neck. The tattoo refers to the name of his ex-wife, Nicole Robbins, who lives in Indiana.

“I know he’s a good guy,” Nicole Robbins said during a phone interview. “I’m scared for him because they might kill him. It’s their mistake. He’s not no serial killer or nothing like that.”

Regardless, one witness says he is more than worried.

“Not only am I worried about my well-being, but I have a family so I’ve got to worry about their well-being,” the witness said. “I guess all I can do is just hope and pray.”

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steven Robbins, please call local police. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.


  • MeatPlow

    “I know he’s a good guy,” Nicole Robbins said
    Denial much?. he beat her and killed someone in her proximity, but "he's a good guy"

    5'5" with a tat on his neck reading Nicole

    back to my statement last week, arrest anyone after they get a tat on their neck right after leaving the tattoo shop

  • Allen Montgomery

    I doubt that the witness really has anything to worry about. Robbins is likely to have his hands full just surviving and eluding police. If he had the kind of connections that would make that easy, he could just as well have had this witness killed while he was still incarcerated. And if he really wants to kill someone, why not a prosecutor or a judge. In fact, these people are rarely killed, though they would appear to be likely targets.

  • Bev

    This man's wife says he is a good guy, that he is not a serial killer. Well this lady needs some serious counseling because he was beating her and she still thinks he is a good guy. Not to mention he must have anger issues as he shot a guy, whom only asked him to stop beating the wife! It sounds to me that this Mr. Robbins could snap at any time and kill someone else!! I hope they catch him soon. Also, the fact that he is probably desperate may lead him to kill again.

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