UPDATE: 47 year old Ronnie Lamont Phillips is in custody at the Walton County Jail after turning himself in. Phillips walked into the lobby of the Walton County Sheriff's Office and advised a Deputy that he wanted to turn himself in at approximately 10:25 a.m. today (Friday, June 14, 2013). Phillips is being charged with Premeditated Attempted Felony Murder and Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling while Armed.
The investigation continues.
On June 12, 2013 at approximately 3:47 p.m. officers from the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to 226 Davis Lane in reference to a 9-1-1 call of a person being stabbed.
Officers from the DeFuniak Springs Police arrived on scene within minutes to find the victim Melissa Hobdy suffering from multiple cuts and stab wounds. DeFuniak Springs Fire Department and Walton County Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly afterwards to assist. Hobdy received medical attention on scene and was airlifted by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola Florida for further assessment.
The perpetrator has been identified as Ronnie Lamont Phillips of DeFuniak Springs. Phillips fled the scene prior to the officers arriving. Warrants have been signed for the arrest of Phillips for Premeditated Attempted Felony Murder and Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling while Armed. Investigators are following all investigative leads to the whereabouts of Phillips. He is also considered armed and dangerous.
You are encouraged to contact the DeFuniak Springs Police or your nearest Law Enforcement Agency if you have any information on the whereabouts of Phillips. You can contact the DeFuniak Springs Police at (850) 892-8513, and if you want to remain anonymous you can call the tip line at (850)-910-TIPS (8477).
The above was released Friday by the DeFuniak Springs Police Department.
Tonight, the DeFuniak Springs Police Department moves forward in its investigation of an attempted murder. Police received an emergency call yesterday afternoon after a man reportedly broke into a woman's home and nearly stabbed her to death.
47-year old Ronnie L. Phillips is being accused of attempting to murder Melissa Hobdy.
According to officials, Phillips reportedly broke into Hobdy's home yesterday and repeatedly stabbed her in the head and the chest area.
Lieutenant Tilman Mears says, "We're considering him armed and dangerous. With someone like this, we need to get to justice before he hurts anyone else."
Hobdy was able to escape and stumbled down the road to find help, leaving a vivid trail of blood along the way.
"She actually fled the residence and was walking down the road when she came and contact and asked for a cell phone to call for help, " says Mears.
She was airlifted to Sacred Heart hospital and treated for multiple stab wounds.
"Luckily the knives weren't strong enough to penetrate the skull and that's the understanding we got at this point. There was a lot of blood. The victim is lucky to be alive," says Mears.
Investigators have secured felony warrants for Phillips for burglary to an occupied dwelling while armed and attempted premeditated first degree murder.
Mears says, "There's no doubt in our mind that he was there to cause great bodily harm or even death."
Officials say Hobdy has been released from the hospital.
If you know anything about Phillips' whereabouts, you are encouraged to contact the DeFuniak Springs Police or your nearest Law Enforcement Agency. You can contact the DeFuniak Springs Police at (850) 892-8513, and if you want to remain anonymous you can call the tip line at (850)-910-TIPS (8477).