On Tuesday, May 15, Sean Hickman, with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, was investigating a possible stolen vehicle in the Fredonia Cemetery area, when he spotted another suspicious vehicle in the same area, according to Sheriff Lance Bonds.
When Hickman attempted to stop the suspicious vehicle, it fled at a high rate of speed. The investigator identified the driver as Phillip Callahan of Stone County.
During the pursuit, Callahan drove through a locked gate, destroying it. Callahan and another male fled on foot into a wooded area off of Sunny Land Road. A female was also located in the area, but is not considered a suspect in this incident. It was later learned that Callahan, after crashing through the gate, attempted to set the vehicle on fire. He was unsuccessful in doing so, due to the fact Hickman was closing in, according to the sheriff’s report.
During the course of the search for Callahan, information was received that he was armed with a handgun when he fled. The North Central ADC K-9 Team was requested for assistance, and roadblocks were put in place. The Baxter County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the search by providing their helicopter, which searched the area from the air.
At approximately midnight on May 15, the ground search for Callahan was suspended. Callahan is possibly armed. If anyone sees or comes into contact with him, contact the Stone County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 269-3825. or your local or state law enforcement agency.
Phillip Callahan frequents the counties and areas around Stone County. He is currently wanted for parole absconding, kidnapping, felony fleeing and terroristic threatening.
He has been formally charged by Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer.
Phillip Callahan / Image via Stone County Sheriff’s Office
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