NEWPORT NEWS -- After more than 12 hours searching, police found and arrested Phillip Robinson, Jr. who escaped from custody on I-64 Friday morning.
Sergeant Michelle Anaya with Virgina State Police said troopers and Newport News police officers took Robinson into custody at about 11:45 p.m. Friday. Anaya added a search of 510 Bellfield Drive in Newport News led to his arrest.
Robinson was wanted for several felony, misdemeanor and probation violations that grew out of an earlier incident with police from over the weekend.
Anaya said U.S. Marshals found Robinson Friday morning and contacted State Police for transport, but Robinson managed to escape from State Police custody while being taken to the Newport News Jail.
Robinson fled from I-64 into a wooded area and was last seen in the 600 block of Industrial Park Drive.
"I said, 'Wow,' so I secured the house, locked the doors, wanted to make sure everything was secure," Marie Smith told 13News.
Smith lives in Jacob's Landing, a neighborhood that saw a lot of activity throughout the day Friday.
"I stayed home with my son. I told him, you know, we're not playing outside," Sydny McBride said.
Dozier Middle, McIntosh Elementary and Richneck Elementary Schools were on lock-down while police searched for Robinson using canine units and a helicopter. Students finally were able to leave the schools by 5:30 p.m.
Robinson is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans, black socks, no shoes and is handcuffed from behind. Robinson is considered dangerous.
According to Anaya, police took Robinson into custody Friday because of an incident that happened Sunday. Around 5:00 p.m., State Police spotted a car traveling very fast on I-64 near LaSalle Avenue. Officers tried to stop the car, but the driver refused.
Police determined the car was driven by Robinson, who also had a passenger.
Anaya says Robinson exited the interstate and fled into the streets of Hampton, while at times traveling up to 120 miles an hour. Because of the inherent dangers of the chase, police called it off and secured warrants for his arrest.
The warrants included evading and eluding police and reckless driving. In addition, there was a probation violation charge in connection with federal charges.
"If he's shoeless, handcuffed in the back, and everyone is supposed to the back, and everyone is supposed to be seatbelt, how can you get out of a moving car, run through the woods? I question that," stated Smith.
Anaya said an investigation will be done to determine how Robinson escaped.
Police took Robinson to Newport News City Jail following his arrest.