What started as a road rage incident in Burleson on Tuesday night turned into the stabbing and kidnapping of a 17-year-old Itasca girl and her mother. The suspect was arrested in Hubbard on Thursday morning.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force apprehended Casey Phillips on Thursday morning, Itasca Chief of Police Winson Brewer said.
Burleson police say that Phillips was involved in a road rage incident that resulted in shots fired about 7:30 p.m. on Interstate 35W. Police found shell casings on the bridge over Renfro Street, Deputy Chief Doug Sandifer said.
“A lady reported that shots had been fired at her car,” Sandifer said.
He cut in front of her car, Sandifer said, so she flashed her high beams at him. He then pointed a gun out of the car window and started shooting towards her car.
The woman was uninjured, Sandifer said. When BPD was unable to catch up with Phillips, they started notifying other agencies south of Burleson in the direction he was headed.
Itasca police, who identified the subject, said Phillips abandoned the vehicle he was driving in Itasca.
There he broke into an unoccupied 18-wheeler and left behind a 9 mm handgun.
From there he went across the street to a Shell station that also houses Sonic, Brewer said. He attempted to steal a car being driven by a 17-year-old girl, who’s mother was in the passenger seat. The girl was stabbed as she tried to fight him off.
An 18-year-old Itasca High School student who works at Sonic intervened and disarmed the suspect. Phillips was then able to gain control of the vehicle by pushing the 17-year-old into the passenger seat with her mom.
As Phillips began driving, both the mother and daughter were able to jump out of the vehicle. The two were injured, but are now resting at home.
Phillips eventually crashed and rolled their vehicle on Farm-to-Market Road 67, east of the city, Itasca Lt. William T. Fausnacht said. A Hill County deputy and Itasca sergeant arrived at the scene of the crash and took Phillips into custody.
While officers were starting paperwork, medical personnel who arrived on the scene told them Phillips needed to be transported to the hospital for apparent injuries to his head and legs, Fausnacht said.
However, there was miscommunication between the departments about which hospital Phillips was headed to, Fausnacht said. Police were told Phillips was being taken to Hill Regional Hospital, but instead he was taken to a hospital in Waco, he said. As a result, Phillips arrived at the hospital unattended and was able to leave shortly after, Fausnacht said.
“BSW Public safety holds no responsibility for the individual leaving because they has no way of knowing Phillips was just involved in a crime spree,” Fausnacht said in an email to Fox 44.
The U.S. Marshal Service, along with the Texas Rangers, then conducted a search for Phillips. They were able to arrest him in Hubbard around 11 a.m. Thursday.
Itasca PD is charging Phillips for aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges from Burleson.