Missing Springdale Shooting Suspect Found, Arrested

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Police on Friday arrested a Springdale woman accused of shooting her husband in the face and cutting herself in the neck.

Springdale police have spent the last several days searching for Robin Phillips, a Walmart realty coordinator who went missing when a warrant came out for her arrest in connection with the shooting.

Phillips was arrested Friday afternoon by Rogers police, as part of a cooperative effort with the Springdale Police Department, according to a statement released early Friday evening by Springdale police. Phillips, following her arrest, was set to be taken back to Springdale to speak with detectives.

An arrest warrant was issued last week for Phillips on suspicion of first-degree domestic battery, police said. Her arrest warrant affidavit requests her bond be set at $250,000.

Police said Phillips shot her husband James in the face with a semi-automatic pistol following an argument Nov. 29. She then cut her own neck with a knife, according to the Springdale Police Department.

Both were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries and later released, police said.

On Friday (Dec. 13), 5NEWS spoke with one of Phillips' neighbors.

"They are good neighbors. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful," said Brandon Mayorga.

Authorities on Wednesday released a 911 call from the incident, in which police said the couple’s son reports the shooting. Phillips’ son can be heard on the 911 tape released by Springdale police begging his mom to stop and explaining the shooting to the dispatcher.

"That`s very tough. I don`t know, if that was me, I don`t know how I would do it. I'd feel very depressed," Mayorga said about Phillips' son making the 911 call.

Phillips is listed on LinkedIn and her Facebook profile as Walmart’s realty management coordinator at the company’s home office in Bentonville. Springdale police Lt. Derek Hudson said a police report shows she works at Walmart.

The incident resulted from an argument at 1407 Jennifer St., a Springdale police dispatcher said.

A 16-year-old in the house phoned police about 1:20 p.m. to report that two gunshots had been fired inside the residence, Hudson said. The teenager said the man and woman had argued and then went into a bedroom, where two shots from a handgun were fired, Hudson said.

James Phillips came out of the room with a gunshot wound to the jaw and collapsed on the floor, Hudson said. The woman, Robin Phillips, was found on the kitchen floor with a cut to her neck. A knife was on the floor next to her, the police spokesman said.

The teenager had knocked the handgun out of the woman’s hand before calling 911, police said.

Robin Phillips allegedly ran to the kitchen following the shooting while yelling that she was not going to jail, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. She told responding medical crews that she cut herself on the neck on purpose, the affidavit states.

James Phillips was hospitalized at Northwest Medical Center-Springdale; his wife was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, police said. James Phillips was listed in critical condition at the time, authorities said. Robin Phillips was treated at an intensive-care unit, authorities said.

The residence belongs to Norma Beasley, whose mailing address is in Dallas, Texas, according to the Washington County website. It was unclear Friday whether Beasley rents the house to Phillips and his family.

Animal control officers arrived during the investigation and removed dogs from the residence, authorities said.


  • Mark Smith

    Hey Bob. Get real. Evidence doesn’t support that he did anything to warrant a shooting. Self defense? I’m sure it was investigated. Actions speak louder than words. She avoided arrest.

  • ****

    Women’s shelter… Good stradegy! That political science degree is finally paying off for her! She probably picked up a few tips in her old jobs working at the law offices to… If she was a battered wife, why didn’t she go to one a long time ago and try to avoid something like this? Doing it after the fact to try to cover your rear, I’m not buying it!

  • ......

    I find it funny peope are saying She was abused. Apparently those people don’t realize how many people tried helping her when she made those reports and she denied any help but kept making the claim. Shooting someone is no answer, she should of left before this happened if that was the case, where are the bruises, pictures, evidence? All lies to help protect herself. Glad the cops did their jobs.

  • CD

    And I think ***** is her abusive husband… and the evidence will be shown eventually…. and Karma always comes full circle….

    • *****

      Sorry boo boo, but you’re wrong! You’re right about two things though, a lot will be discovered eventually (we can call it evidence if you’d like), and yes- karma does always come full circle! Who’s the one that’s neck deep (no pun intended) in trouble at this moment?!
      Hello, Karma… Is that you???

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