JONES COUNTY, Miss. - This is a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
On June 7, 2016 the probation officer in charge of Arnett Phillips, 37 of Ellisville, was contacted by a woman who stated Phillips had raped her. Phillips was released from prison on probation in March 2016. The officer informed the victim to contact the Investigative Division of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department so that a case could be started.
The victim stated she and Phillips had been dating for several years. She said on June 6, 2016 they had been verbally arguing throughout the day, him making many threats, including to burn down her home, where he resided as well, if law enforcement were to show up. That evening the argument became physical as she was trying to go to sleep. Phillips shook her and hit her. He threatened to kill her if she didn’t get up and go to town with him. He took her phone and her car keys, forcing her to ride to a nearby bank and withdraw cash from her account. Two trips were made to the bank where Phillips forced the victim to hand over cash. He also took money out of her wallet.
The pair drove to another residence where the victim stated Phillips and another person “smoked a pipe together” containing dope. As they were leaving Phillips was given DVD’s that contained pornography.
When they got to the victim’s residence and went to bed, Phillips began grabbing the victim at her resistance. At one point he pulled a pocket knife on her, forcing her to submit to him. Threatening to kill her, while watching the pornography, Phillips began raping her for well over an hour.
The victim stated the following morning Phillips acted as if nothing had transpired. She convinced him she was leaving the home to work. When he did relent and allow her to leave, she reported directly to probation officer.
Phillips was taken into custody on June 8, 2016 and charged with one count of Rape, three counts of Robbery and one count of Kidnapping. His bond was set by Judge Billie Graham for $10,000 per count ($50,000 total) cash. He was also issued a no contact order.