Man charged in double stabbing
Police: 22-year-old man arrested for attempted homicide of his parents
Police arrested a man for attempted homicide after he allegedly stabbed his parents in the home where they all live together.
Uwchlan Township Police Department officers were dispatched at approximately 5:54 p.m. on Saturday to the 1000 block of Welsh Ayres Way for a report of a stabbing. Police said the 911 caller reported that her son, William Reid Phillips, allegedly stabbed her and her husband. Phillips is a resident of the home. Police said Phillips is reportedly known to have mental health issues for which he had been receiving treatment.
Police did not release any further information about the incident that led to the stabbing.
Police said upon arrival they found two victims on the second floor of the home, both with multiple “serious stab wounds.” The parents received medical treatment at the scene by a crew from Uwchlan Ambulance and then they were transported to Paoli Hospital for further treatment. Phillips reportedly left the scene before police
arrived within minutes after the dispatch, they said.
During the search for Phillips, Uwchlan police requested assistance from Upper Uwchlan, West Whiteland and Downingtown Police Departments. Uwchlan police said after a brief search, police located Phillips walking a short distance from his home. Police took Phillips, 22, of Uwchlan, into custody without incident. Phillips was reportedly still in possession of the knife that police alleged he used in the assault, according to the police report.
Phillips was arraigned on Sunday in front of District Judge John R. Bailey in West Whiteland. Phillips was charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and one count of possessing an instrument
of crime with intent, according to his criminal report.
Phillips was unable to post bail set at $1 million cash. He is in Chester County Prison awaiting his preliminary hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. in front of Magisterial District Judge Lori Novak Donatelli.
Additionally, the Chester County Detectives and the Chester County SPCA assisted Uwchlan police. Adam Lamb, Chief Executive Officer of the Brandywine Valley SPCA, confirmed that they picked up one dog from the home that was unharmed. Uwchlan police said the SPCA was called because the dog would be home alone following the incident.