June 11, 2014

Richland Hills kidnapping suspect arrested in Texarkana

Eric Phillips, 36, held three people captive in a Richland Hills house last month, police said. He was arrested Wednesday in Texarkana.

A Bedford man who took a family hostage for hours last month at a Richland Hills home before escaping was in custody Wednesday in Texarkana, authorities said.

Police in Texarkana, Ark., and Texas arrested Eric Phllips, 36, Tuesday afternoon after getting a tip that he was staying at a Texarkana hotel. Officers tried to stop Phillips as he drove to a business.

“Phillips attempted to evade officers while striking several vehicles in the process, causing serious danger to the public and the officers attempting to arrest him,” said Texarkana, Texas, police Sgt. Aaron Brower in a news release. “Officers fired shots into Phillips’ vehicle.”

The vehicle was disabled, but Phillips ran off. He was arrested after a brief chase.

He was in the Texarkana Jail on Wednesday.

The standoff in Richland Hills on May 20 began when Hurst police tried to pull over a suspected drunken driver on Texas 10 about 3 a.m. After the vehicle crashed, the driver ran to JJ’s Fast Stop, 7457 Baker Blvd., police said. Then he ran to a house in the 7000 block of Bridges Avenue in Richland Hills, where he holed up.

A SWAT team was summoned and about 11:30 a.m., a man and woman who had been held captive walked out.

The suspect escaped taking a second man with him. That man was later released.

The suspect was later identified as Phillips and authorities learned that the vehicle he wrecked was stolen in Hurst.

Because of the standoff, classes were canceled for the day at nearby Richland Middle School.

Phillips faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault on a public servant, evading arrest and unlawful use of a motor vehicle in the Northeast Tarrant County cases, authorities said.

Texarkana charges are pending, Brower said.

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