Wednesday, May 24, 2006
By RAELYNN RICARTE
Hood River News
May 6, 2006
A Hood River fugitive in a sexual abuse case was caught this week after his photo aired on television.
Sheriff Detective Gerry Tiffany said the employer of Ronald Carroll Phillips, 54, recognized the picture posted on KPTV-12 at 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The station had picked up the story about Phillips’ disappearance that was printed in the Hood River News late Tuesday afternoon.
Phillip’s employer in Moro recognized the photo and reported his whereabouts to the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office. When Phillips arrived at work on Thursday morning, law enforcement officials were waiting to arrest him.
According to reports, Phillips had been on the run since March when a young girl reported being sexually abused by him. He is now lodged in NORCOR with his son, Jeremiah Eugene Phillips, 27. The father and son have both been charged with molestation of the same victim.
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