A West Palm Beach man who listed his occupation on an arrest report as “drug dealer” was arrested Tuesday and faces a host of charges, many of them involving drugs.
Robert Michael Phillips has been arrested more than a dozen times in Palm Beach County and has been convicted seven times on felony counts, according to the arrest report. He served nearly nine months in prison from April 2011 to January 2012.
Phillips’ latest run-in with authorities began after he cut in front of an unmarked Palm Beach County Sheriff’s vehicle being driven by a detective and nearly caused an accident. A records check revealed that the Hyundai Phillips was driving was stolen, the report said.
The detective followed Phillips and watched as he engaged in a hand-to-hand transaction on the 2000 block of 10 Ave. North.
Deputies in marked patrol cars caught up to Phillips, who fled at a high rate of speed. Phillips eventually pulled into a parking lot and ran into the Michaels art and hobby store at 2021 Okeechobee Boulevard. Once inside the store, Phillips barreled into a female customer, knocking her down while dropping a loaded handgun, the report said.
Phillips ran out the back of the store where deputies were awaiting his exit. A police dog was deployed to apprehend Phillips, who was in possession of 22 grams of heroin and $2,316 in various denominations, the report said. A search of the stolen vehicle produced 5.3 grams of crack cocaine, a drug scale and hypodermic needles.
The arrest report notes that Phillips has been convicted of felonies that include carrying a concealed weapon, possession of cocaine, bringing contraband into a penal institution, possession of a weapon or ammunition by convicted felon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Phillips is now facing three counts of resisting arrest with violence, two counts of possession of drug equipment and one count each of heroin trafficking, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a career criminal, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, committing a first-degree felony with a weapon, fleeing and eluding law enforcement at a high rate of speed, striking a police animal, battery and driving with a suspended license.
Phillips is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $242,000 bail.