Law students lead police to escaped arrestee

Published: April 9th, 2012

Category: Awards, News Briefs, Students

UF Law students awarded for their assistance in capturing an escapeeUF Law students Cameron Frye (middle left) and William Hyenga (middle right), pictured with Gainesville Police Department Cpt. Bart Knowles and Cpl. Angelina Valuri, were leaving Southwest Rec Center March 28 around 7 p.m. when they saw an unusual sight — a man covered in dirt from head to toe with his hands hidden underneath his shirt despite the warm weather. They remembered a UF alert earlier that day about a man on the loose who had fled from custody during an arrest, and called the University Police Department. On April 2, police officers visited UF Law campus to reward the two for their help in apprehending the man. Darius Phillips, facing charges of domestic battery and grand theft auto, escaped from the custody of the Gainesville Police Department as he was being moved from one police car to another during a shift change. The Gainesville Police Department responded to the escape by sending out a UF alert and contacting the media, resulting in a manhunt for Phillips that lasted most of the day. Frye and Hyenga each received $250 and were recognized and commended for their assistance by Knowles and Valuri of GPD. “This is just a great example of two Gators who did the right thing, and from the GPD we really can’t thank you enough,” Valuri said.