Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Public safety

Police: Man douses mom's 'Rib Shack' trailer in gas, locks himself inside Tarpon Springs home

Tarpon Springs police have identified the man they arrested early Wednesday after a bizarre standoff.

Hondo Phillips, 27, faces charges of attempted second-degree arson and resisting an officer without violence.

Police said the incident began around 10 p.m. Tuesday, when Phillips began acting strangely inside his mother's house in the 500 block of S Levis Avenue.

The mother called police because Phillips told her he doused her "Rib Shack" barbecue grill trailer with gasoline. It was parked outside her home, and Phillips told his mother that if he had had a match he would have set it on fire, according to arrest affidavits.

Then he went into a back bedroom where his 1-year-old son was sleeping and locked the door. When Phillips wouldn't respond to his mother or police, a SWAT team was called in.

He finally emerged just after 5:30 a.m., police said, after 7 hours in the room, and the child was taken into protective custody.

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