Former fire captain returns to court to face stalking, evading arrest charges

L.A. County Superior Court in San Fernando.

A schedule for the preliminary hearing of a former Los Angeles County Fire Department captain accused of kidnapping and leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase through the Santa Clarita Valley was put off for another month this past week. 

Robert Goldman, 64, has been charged with several felony charges, including stalking, violation of a court order, felony evading and resisting arrest, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. 

His next court date is expected to schedule a preliminary hearing, in which the evidence is presented and a judge decides if there’s enough to merit trial. The next date that could happen is Nov. 20, according to Santiago.

The alleged incident that led to Goldman’s most recent arrest began Feb. 7 in Palmdale.

Back in February, deputies reported Goldman coaxed his girlfriend into his vehicle on the 19300 block of Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. When they stopped to use a restroom at a business, she informed the staff there that she was taken against her will. 

Law enforcement gave chase down Highway 14 and Interstate 5 before it was eventually called off due to high speeds which reached upwards of 100 mph. 

At the time, Goldman had also been out on several arrest warrants unrelated to the February kidnapping allegation. He was arrested at his home in the San Fernando Valley by Los Angeles Police Department officers.

He remains in Sheriff’s Department custody in Downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $1.1 million bail. 

Signal Staff Writer Caleb Lunetta contributed to this report.

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