UPDATE: Suspect Identified in DeFuniak Springs Stabbing

By: News Release
By: News Release

This story was updated at 12:06 p.m. with additional information from the DeFuniak Springs Police.

Officers from the DeFuniak Springs Police arrived on the scene of a Wednesday afternoon stabbing 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).

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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 undisclosed victim suffering from multiple cuts and stab wounds. DeFuniak Springs Fire Department and Walton County Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly afterwards to assist.

The undisclosed victim received medical attention on scene and was airlifted by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola Florida for further assessment.

The person of interest had not been located at the time of this release. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.


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