NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - An all-day manhunt for an escaped fugitive led officers to an apartment complex, where neighbors say the man hid with the help of friends.
State Police told WAVY.com 31-year-old Phillip Alonzo Robinson escaped while riding in a trooper's vehicle along Interstate 64 in Newport News Friday. Robinson was barefoot and handcuffed during the escape and was wanted on several felony, misdemeanor and probation violations.
Robinson was found Friday evening just before midnight after an all-day air and ground search of the area.
He was found at 520 Bellfield Drive, where police apparently used a battering ram to get him out.
Neighbor Patty Keller witnessed the capture.
"We saw them go into the apartment and they started shooting those light things and lit up the apartment. They were there for like an hour then they finally brought him out," Keller said. "There's a hole cut in the fence. That's how they think he got through and I'm assuming he knew it was there."
Keller said she had heard Robinson knew the apartment's inhabitants.
"I heard he was up in the attic hiding and I heard she let him in," Keller said. "He was there all day. I heard he'd been there all day, she helped him get the cuffs off then she finally turned him into police."
Robinson declined WAVY.com's request for an interview.
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