MILWAUKEE -- A judge on Tuesday, February 7th granted a request by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office to raise the bail for one of Wisconsin's Most Wanted -- quickly captured by U.S. Marshals.
26-year-old Kevin Robinson faces the following charges, filed in October of 2016:
- Trafficking of a child -- two counts
- Kidnapping/carrying without consent
- Burglary, armed with a dangerous weapon
- Armed robbery with threat of force
Robinson was quickly captured by US Marshals after FOX6 News told you about him on Friday, February 3rd. Detectives said he had made plans to leave the area prior to his arrest.
He was initially given a $500 cash bond in court in Milwaukee County on Sunday.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday filed a motion to review Robinson's bail, and the court on Tuesday increased Robinson's bail to $150,000 -- granting the district attorney's initial bail request.
In court, Robinson addressed the judge directly, despite the wishes of his attorney. He asked that he be released from jail while his case moves forward.
"I have been completely compliant. These are not charges that have just been re-established. I am attempting to make the situation right because I can`t run for the rest of my life -- especially considering they`re airing me on the news every day now," Robinson said.
"He was only apprehended as he was trying to flee out of the back, down the stairs, so any representation that he was compliant, cooperative or willingly going into custody is not true," Jennifer Williams, prosecutor said.
"This court finds that there should be substantial cash bail -- not only to ensure this defendant`s appearance in court, but also to protect the public. Therefore, the court is going to grant the state`s request. I will order cash bail in the amount of $150,000," Judge Joseph Donald said.
US Marshals said Robinson was running an illegal prostitution network throughout Wisconsin. According to a criminal complaint, prosecutors allege Robinson used Backpage.com to engage in the prostitution scheme.
After a joint investigation involving federal, state and Milwaukee agencies, Robinson was formally charged. It's believed Robinson befriended vulnerable, young woman across the state and then manipulated and sometimes threatened them to perform sex acts with clients he solicited.
In December of 2015, police say Robinson told a 15-year-old girl he could "help her get money." He allegedly met with her and another adult at the Motel 6 in Oak Creek. Prosecutors say alcohol and marijuana were taken to the hotel room, and a man paid $200 for sex acts.
Robinson is also alleged to have been involved in similar activity in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Sheboygan and Milwaukee.
Court documents reveal the 15-year-old girl later told authorities she recognized Robinson as a "local celebrity" from rap videos on YouTube.
Agents said through interviews with victims, it's believed Robinson was becoming increasingly aggressive toward the women in his network. Some victims described fearing retribution if they didn't do what Robinson commanded.
Robinson will next be in court on February 13th for his preliminary hearing.