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Kidnapping suspect in custody after escaping from Texas hospital

Police said Casey Phillips, 25, is in custody after he escaped from a Waco hospital.
Police said Casey Phillips, 25, is in custody after he escaped from a Waco hospital.(Law enforcement provided photo)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 5:23 AM AKST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 9:00 AM AKST
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WACO, Texas (KWTX/Gray News) - A kidnapping suspect on the run is now in custody.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Casey Phillips, 25, in Hubbard, Texas.

Phillips was wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies in connection with a shooting, carjacking, stabbing and kidnapping in Texas.

He escaped from a hospital earlier this week in Waco, Texas, after miscommunication by police, KWTX reported.

Phillips currently has five warrants out of Itasca, Texas, for aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and additional warrants out of Burleson, Texas.

According to police, Phillips was involved in a road rage incident on Monday where a window was shot out.

Police say he abandoned a vehicle and walked to a nearby semitruck parked on the side of the road and busted out the window. Later, he walked to a nearby Sonic, where he assaulted and kidnapped a mother and her teenage daughter as they were in the drive-thru line.

“He tried stabbing the teen in the chest, but it caught her hand. Then, he pushed them into the passenger seat and took off, kidnapping them,” Fausnacht said. “They got away. The daughter jumped out and the mom fell out.”

Fausnacht says Phillips wrecked on U.S. 67E and was injured and taken to Baylor Scott & White - Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, Texas.

Fausnacht told KWTX that dispatch reported Phillips was being dropped off by law enforcement at another hospital. He left before police could get to him.

“He was so banged up, we thought he would be hospitalized for a couple of days at least, but he left the hospital with broken bones, legs and a head injury,” said Fausnacht. “The hospital didn’t have the authority to keep him. He left within 15 minutes.”

Before his capture, authorities said Phillips was dangerous, likely armed, and needed medical attention. They also said he was probably under the influence of methamphetamines.

The mother and daughter who were kidnapped are home. The daughter is recovering from her injuries.

“The girl was treated. She had a bad laceration, but she is home and safe,” Fausnacht said.

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