Auto theft suspect and escapee caught in Pineville after two police agencies search for him.
From The Pineville Police Department -
At approximately 10:56am Tuesday May 20, 2019 a man identified as 23 year old Phillip Cody Parsons of Staffordsville, Kentucky was caught on camera at Long’s Pic Pac stealing a Chevy Tracker. Pineville Assistant Chief Kyle Dunn and Officer Michael Smith responded to the store to begin the investigation.
A short time later, the female victim’s husband caught Parsons in the stolen vehicle at the Marathon gas station in Pineville. Parsons ran from the scene before officers arrived. The Pineville Police Department then published Parsons picture asking the public for assistance in locating him.
At approximately 12:49pm two calls came into Bell County Dispatch in regard to a man fitting his description seen at Sav-a-lot Food Store on Highway 119. Responding to the store was Asst. Chief Dunn, Officer Smith, and Bell Deputies Max Graves, Frank Foster, and Chief Deputy Doug Jordan to assist in the search.
After an extensive search Parsons was located coming out of the woods wearing the same clothes as seen on video. A positive identification was then made by the victim’s husband.
During the arrest process it was discovered that Parsons was being held as a state inmate and had escaped from the Bourbon County Kentucky Jail. The order for a fugitive warrant was signed on May 5, 2019.
Phillip Cody Parsons was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with:
Theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000 (auto).
He was served the fugitive warrant and is being held without bond.
The Pineville Police Department thanks the public for their tips which lead to this arrest.