A county man accused of attempting to run a woman off the road and stalking her has been charged with the crimes.
A Franklin County felony complaint was issued Wednesday, Jan. 10, charging Robert L. Kavanagh, 38, with first-degree domestic assault, first-degree stalking and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with damages exceeding $1,000. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $75,000 cash-only bond.
The charges stem from a Tuesday, Jan. 9, incident in which Kavanagh allegedly violated an order of protection by contacting a woman at the Wagner Store on Highway 30, Lonedell.
According to the probable cause statement filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, Kavanagh was told by the victim to stop talking with her. After the victim drove away from the store, Kavanagh followed her in a vehicle and struck the left rear of her car with the right side of his vehicle while northbound on Highway N.
After the collision, Kavanagh drove from the scene, the patrol said.
On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the victim told troopers that Kavanagh made multiple attempts to contact her, authorities said. The victim stated that she blocked the suspect’s number from her phone and messages went into a “junk mailbox” due to the frequency of attempts to contact her.
The patrol arrested Kavanagh Wednesday at a residence in Lonedell. He stated he did not know how the damage to his vehicle occurred and that he only tried to pass the victim’s vehicle on Highway N the previous day.
Kavanagh was charged in July 2017 with felony domestic assault, violation of a court order, possession of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities said Kavanagh assaulted a woman while at a home in St. Clair July 5. There was visible evidence of a minor injury from the assault, according to the sheriff’s office.
When deputies arrived on the scene during the July incident, they saw Kavanagh exiting the home. An order of protection had been filed against Kavanagh by the resident and he was prohibited from being on the property and contacting the victim.
Kavanagh was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office.
He also was charged with third-degree domestic assault in November 2017.
In October 2016 he was charged with possession of a controlled substance.