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Lexington, SC (July 10, 2017) – Chief Terrence Green has said that the Lexington PD has arrested Michael Dakota Phillips of Lexington, who was found breaking into a vehicle while officers were investigating a call of a suspicious person in the area.

On Thursday, July 6, 2017 at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Rama Lane for a suspicious person seen walking in the neighborhood. As officers were searching the area, an officer observed a vehicle access tool on the ground near a pickup truck parked near the road. When officer approached the vehicle, he found Michael Phillips in the front passenger seat attempting to conceal himself from the officer’s view.

The officer gave Michael Phillips verbal commands to exit the vehicle and he responded by resisting the officer by trying to kick the door of the vehicle open several times to flee on foot. Michael Phillips continued to resist while the officer as he was placing handcuffs on his wrists. Once arrested, he was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center for booking procedures.

It was noted by officers during this incident that Michael Phillips was dressed in black with a camouflage facemask with a rubber glove on his hand to prevent fingerprints from being left on the vehicle.

Michael Phillips was charged with Breaking into a Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest and is currently at the Lexington County Detention Center with a bond of $4,625.00.

Chief Terrence Green said, “Though officers patrol neighborhoods both day and night, having citizens call when a suspicious person or vehicle is seen can be a huge help in preventing crime and in this case assisted in an arrest. If you see something, please say something. Being proactive rather than reactive greatly increases neighborhood safety.”

Over the last two weeks there have been a series of vehicle break-ins in the neighborhoods along Park Road which have included the theft of several handguns. If anyone has any information of those crimes, they are urged to contact the Lexington Police Department at 803-359-6260 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC. The public can also text or email a tip to Crimestoppers at Tips that lead to the arrest of suspects, as well as the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000, which are paid to tipsters on an anonymous basis

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