Virginia murder suspect chased down, arrested in Walterboro | Crime | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 12, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 12, 2017 at 11:28 am
A Virginia murder suspect, possibly attempting to escape to Beaufort County, was taken into custody by Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and Walterboro Police Department personnel in the early morning hours of April 6.
On April 6 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office patrolling I-95 received a Be-On-The-Lookout (BOLO) alert issued by law enforcement in Virginia.
Investigators with the Pittsylvania County, Va. Sheriff’s Office had identified a suspect in a shooting death and went to his residence.
They learned the suspect reportedly fled in a white four-door Cadillac owned by a relative and was believed to be headed south. The suspect was born in Beaufort County.
Virginia law enforcement officers, attempting to track the suspect’s location, were able to ping the GPS in his cell phone and determine he was traveling south on I-95.
When the BOLO was issued, the suspect’s phone put him near the 99-mile marker on the interstate.
A few minutes after receiving the alert, the deputy spotted the car southbound on I-95.
The officer began trailing the suspect’s vehicle while awaiting conformation on the information from Virginia.
The confirmation made, the deputy turned on his blue lights to make a traffic stop.
The suspect attempted to leave the interstate at Exit 53 at a high rate of speed, but overshot the off-ramp and wrecked between Sniders Highway and the Cracker Barrel restaurant.
The suspect exited the car and began running through the restaurant’s parking lot, jumped over a barrier and continued on foot into the motel construction site behind the restaurant.
As the fleeing suspect attempted to make his way back towards I-95 southbound lanes, Walterboro police officers intercepted him at gunpoint and took him into custody.
A search of the suspect reportedly discovered a loaded 40-caliber Smith and Wesson pistol.
The suspect reportedly told officers he had dropped a second pistol in the construction site. A canine unit was able to retrieve the second weapon.
The suspect, Phillip M. Giles, 17, of Blairs, Va., was then transported to the Colleton County Detention Center to be held for extradition.
On the morning of April 11, sheriff’s office personnel reported that Giles was still at the local detention center awaiting a return to Virginia, where he will face a murder charge.
He allegedly shot a 18-year-old man to death on the roadway outside the murder victim’s residence on the evening of April 6.