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Woman hospitalized after hostage situation

Posted January 13, 2008
Updated April 29, 2008

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— A woman was in the hospital after a dangerous standoff in Chatham County Sunday.

At 12:06 a.m., deputies were called to 2593 Pea Ridge Road, near Beaver Creek Road, where they had been told a possible hostage situation was developing.

Deputies said that when they arrived, however, the man and woman for whom they were looking were gone.

"The deputies stayed hot on it all last night. The deputies got a call on it early this morning," Sheriff Richard Webster said Sunday.

A 11:15 a.m., a phone call pointed deputies to a car in a field, beyond some woods, south of New Elam Church. Inside the car sat William Preston Phillips, 36, and a woman with whom he was apparently in a relationship.

Webster said Phillips was refusing to let the woman go. Camouflaged, armed police officers surrounded the vehicle. Negotiators said Phillips claimed dynamite was inside the vehicle.

"We were very careful not to get but so close, and when we arrested him, we had to get him away from the car," Webster said.

Tracie Hutchens was attending a church party nearby and heard about the hostage standoff.

"Everybody inside [the church] is still curious as to what was going on in the woods out there," Hutchens said.

Webster said Phillips finally let the woman go at about 1:30 p.m. Deputies said she had been cut several times, and she was flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill for surgery.

"It appears the injuries were caused by some sort of knife," Webster said.

Phillips gave himself up at 2:47 p.m. Sunday. He had multiple injuries that were possibly self-inflicted, Webster said. He also was transported to UNC Hospitals.

Phillips was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities did not release the name or condition of the woman.


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  • dh1964 Jan 14, 2008

    I'm confused. Judging by comments on many other threads, I thought that all of our problems were caused by "illegals." Where's the gnashing of teeth when the crime is committed by a good ol' boy?

    Ladyblue, you've been living in a dream world if you think that violence to women is a new phenomenon.

  • HARDWRKR Jan 14, 2008

    He just got out of jail. His sister is in jail in Wake County now. Children are involved and they are the ones who are suffering.

  • malave27896 Jan 14, 2008

    Hope that the lady will make a fast recovery of her injuries...and is albe to move on with time and support of family and friends.

  • UPTOP Jan 14, 2008

    He just refused to let her go. I guess he doesn't have a choice now !!!

  • Chili Jan 13, 2008

    Looks as though he might be a meth tweaker.

  • ladyblue Jan 13, 2008

    Is everyon e going bananas in the state. Never have I heard of such violence to women lately or people just killing each other. I hope the lady will be alright and they check this guy out for his mental status as well. His photo didn't have him looking to smart to me.

  • daisy Jan 13, 2008

    I hope the woman is alright. To think this is someone who was supposed to care about her.

  • Godschild43 Jan 13, 2008

    Glad the women was not hurt no worse than she was.

  • mindyourown Jan 13, 2008

    nothing better to do I guess. he's a nice'n.

  • djofraleigh Jan 13, 2008

    ...and some call it falling...in love...crazy over you...which has been known to drive some mad...at least no children or pregnant women were involved.