Tallahassee Police arrest man in armed robbery

Silas Phillips
Posted at 11:42 AM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 08:02:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man has been arrested after Tallahassee Police say he asked the victim for a lighter and change for a $20, shot him, then stole over $200 from him. 

The Tallahassee Police Department says that they were called to the 100 Block of West Tennessee Street about a shooting around 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday.

As they arrived in the area, TPD Patrol Officers and emergency workers located two victims of the robbery, one of them suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  

The victim who was shot told police that he and a friend were walking on the sidewalk in front of the Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library, approaching North Bronough Street.

As the continued walking, a man, later identified as Silas Phillips, called out to them, asking if either of them had a lighter.

When the victims answered no, Philips asked if the victims had change for a $20. When they answered no again, Philips pulled out a handgun and demanded that the victims take out their wallets.

One of the victims pulled out his wallet and as Philips reached for it, he shot the victim in the leg.

The victim told police that Philips reached into the wallet and took the cash before taking off running. 

TPD officers were eventually able to find Philips at the Greyhound Bus Station and arrested him. They found the gun used in the robbery as well as over $240 in cash.

Investigators with TPD are continuing to follow up on the case. They are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or CrimeStoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.