Man charged in home invasion burglary; Kicked in victim’s door, stole handgun, keys, then sped off in victim’s pickup

Joplin News First

Phillip Smith is now charged: Armed Criminal Action, Felony Fleeing (vehicle), DWI-D (drugs), 1st Robbery, 1st Tampering.

UPDATE: The suspect is now named and charged:

  • Phillip Smith is charged with:
  • Armed Criminal Action
  • Felony Fleeing (vehicle)
  • DWI-D (drugs)
  • 1st Robbery
  • 1st Tampering


ORIGINAL: JOPLIN, Mo. — Shortly after 9:45 PM Monday night Joplin Police responded to reports of gunfire in the North Heights Neighborhood.

Sgt Jason Stump of the Joplin Police Department tell us tonight that it was a home invasion burglary. A white male was reported to have kicked in a door at a residence. Entered the home, stole keys and a handgun. And then left the area in the victim’s silver pickup truck.

Sgt Stump says the vehicle was quickly located by Joplin Police officers. What followed was a short pursuit that ended at E. and North Wall, as the reported stolen pickup stopped. The suspect male would not exit the vehicle initially so non-lethal, beanbag rounds, were deployed by police.

The male was taken into custody. EMS evaluated the suspect and he was taken away in a police cruiser. He will be spending the night in the Joplin City jail.

We will have more information Tuesday on charges and his identity.

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