Ralph "Bucky" Phillips

Ralph “Bucky” Phillips

Cindy Jamieson

Grantham University

Ralph “Bucky” Phillips, a criminal that escaped from prison, was on the run for five months, killed a state trooper, and yet somehow still became popular in his native hometown.
This paper will outline the timeline of the five months that Phillips was on the run from the Pennsylvania and Ohio State Police as well as all the crimes he committed in multiple jurisdictions.

Before Phillips was apprehended by the Pennsylvania State Police in September 2006, he had had a pretty expansive history in the New York State correctional system.   Prior to his April 2006 escape from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, NY, he had previously been convicted on three counts of burglary, two counts of grand larceny, and other various crimes.  
After his burglary conviction and serving 13 years in prison, Phillips was released on parole in November 2005.   When he failed to report to his parole officer, it led to his arrest on January 6, 2006.   It was reported, widely, that Phillips only had four days left until he would have been released before his escape, but this was untrue.   He actually had about three months to serve before he would have been paroled.
Fugitive Timeline
Phillips escaped on April 2, 2006 from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, New York in Erie County near Buffalo, New York by cutting through the kitchen ceiling with a can opener.
From the date of his escape through June, the police suspect Phillips was related to several break-ins at hunting camps in Erie, Allegany, and Cattaraugus counties.   A truck was stolen in Allegany County and winds up in Ohio where another vehicle was stolen.   Phillips was spotted by residents in the areas around several boroughs and towns in Pennsylvania.
June 10, 2006, two New York State Troopers pulled over a mustang that matched the description of a vehicle that was stolen earlier that...