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Deputies seek weapon used in burglary
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS -- Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in locating a .22 caliber rifle that was thrown away Jan. 31 by a suspect fleeing a burglary.
Phillip Wayne Mitchell, 41, of Stockdale is charged with burglary of a building, arson, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and tampering or fabricating physical evidence for his alleged role in the incident on C.R. 332 east of Sutherland Springs.
According to Investigator Stephen Moore of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Travis Beck was called to the home at 4:30 a.m., after two women found Mitchell in a lean-to shed outside the home, where a lawn mower had been set ablaze.
Mitchell allegedly fired the rifle at the two women, prompting one of them to return fire before he fled. Officers from the Floresville Police Department captured Mitchell at the Park-and-Ride in front of the Wilson County Criminal Justice Center on U.S. 181 in Floresville a short time later.
During questioning, Moore said Mitchell reported throwing the rifle from the window of his vehicle as he fled west on S.H. 97 toward Floresville. Deputies were unable to locate the weapon, which is considered as evidence in the investigation.
Mitchell was transported to the Wilson County Jail, where Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady set his bond at a total of $76,000. He still was in custody as of press time Feb. 3.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the rifle is urged to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 830-393-4055 or Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636).
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