Parish man arrested on Christmas Day

Published 10:06 am Thursday, December 30, 2021

On Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Phillip Fowler, 52, a resident of Bateman Drive.

Fowler was booked into the parish jail on several charges, including attempted home invasion, battery, criminal trespass, resisting an officer, disturbing the peace and two counts of contempt of court. His bond was set at $7,500.

According to WPSO Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Haley, when the deputy responded to a complaint on Harvey Road, he encountered Fowler who was screaming and waving his arms back and forth while in the front yard of a residence. He reportedly advanced towards the deputy and then began to advance towards another male who was nearby, all the time screaming and behaving in a threatening manner.

Once Fowler was restrained, the homeowner stated Fowler had attempted to force himself into the residence, at which time she called 911 for assistance, Haley said. She also called a neighbor who arrived on the scene and attempted to calm Fowler as the deputy arrived and took Fowler into custody.

Haley said that Fowler has at least six previous arrests in Washington Parish. In 2008, he was arrested for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. He was arrested again in 2014 on two counts of failure to appear in court. In 2020, he was arrested for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, resisting arrest and failure to appear in court.

In early 2021, Fowler was arrested for attempted criminal trespass, resisting a police officer with force or violence and possession of illegal drugs. This was followed by two more arrests later in the year on charges of contempt of court and being a fugitive from Minehaha County, South Dakota.

“Uncontrolled anger always ends up hurting the angry person,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “In this situation, Mr. Fowler’s anger earned him a trip to the parish jail while other involved persons were able to sleep in their own homes. His criminal history indicates he has never learned self-control, a weakness that has resulted in numerous arrests and spoiled Christmas Day for others.”