WVU basketball: Second warrant issued for signee Phillip

MORGANTOWN — A spokesperson at the Mecklenberg County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office told the Charleston Daily Mail on Monday that a second warrant previously was issued for the arrest of West Virginia basketball signee Tarik Phillip.

Phillip now faces two charges for failing to appear at separate court dates for alleged offenses while he attended Queen City Prep, in Charlotte, N.C., for the 2011-12 season.

He’s since attended a pair of junior colleges and last week signed with the Mountaineers as part of the incoming recruiting class.

Phillip, 20, was an honorable mention All-American and his conference’s player and freshman of the year this past season.

Phillip, currently attending Independence (Kan.) Community College after sitting out the previous season at Howard (Texas) College, was arrested in Mecklenberg County on Oct. 16, 2011, and charged with misdemeanor injury to personal property. A document from the Mecklenberg County Clerk of the Superior Court says Phillip “did wantonly injure” two display cases in a store and that the total damage was approximately $100.

An appearance in district court was scheduled for Nov. 16, 2011 and a trial date was set for April 11, 2012.

The spokesperson said Phillip did not attend that, and an arrest warrant was issued two days later.

Phillip also was arrested in Gaston County (N.C.) for felony larceny from a person Feb. 1, 2012, according to a spokesperson in the Gaston County Magistrate’s office. Phillip is alleged to have stolen an iPhone from another person. He didn’t appear in court the next day. A warrant then was issued and Phillip’s case was put on hold until he could be located, a maneuver known in North Carolina as voluntary dismissal with leave.

The Gaston County spokesperson said if Phillip is brought in or if he turns himself in, he’ll face a secured $5,000 bond for failing to appear as well as the original felony charge.

Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mikec@dailymailwv.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/wvu.

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