Man wanted in Baker County arrested in Maryland

CUMBERLAND, Md. – A man wanted on multiple charges in Baker County was arrested in Maryland Tuesday.

According to the Cumberland Times-News, Phillip Arnold Bennett III, 26, was arrested after the Allegany County Sheriff's Office received a tip that Bennett was at a home in Rawlings. After searching the home, Bennett was found hiding under a bed and taken into custody without incident.

Bennett is wanted in Baker County on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon by convicted felon and trespassing, according to a warrant from the BCSO. The charges stem from a May 23 incident where Bennett was allegedly spotted in the yard of a home on CR 127 between a camper trailer and water pump. One of the residents chased Bennett into nearby woods and later caught up to him, at which point Bennett pointed a hand gun at the resident and told him to step back.

Bennett was later identified by the victim in a photo line-up and named as the suspect in the case, the warrant detailed.

According to the warrant, this incident may have stemmed from an exchange between Bennett and the victim a few days prior, where Bennett was trying to buy the victim's dog, which was not for sale. Investigators suspect Bennett was attempting to locate and take the dog from the victim's property.

Bennett is currently being held in Maryland awaiting extradition back to Florida.


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