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April 20, 2014

Arrest warrant out for WVU recruit

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s newest men’s basketball recruit, Tarik Phillip, has an order out for his arrest in North Carolina, according to a story in The Dominion-Post, which said three Gaston County Magistrate office spokespersons confirmed.

“We are aware of the issues that took place more than two years ago, but it was our understanding, as well as other parties, that the issues were resolved. Our expectation is that the issue will be resolved,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said in a statement emailed to The Dominion Post.

Phillip, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Brooklyn, N.Y., signed with the Mountaineers on Wednesday after earning junior college honorable mention All-American honors this past season at Independence (Kan.) Community College. He averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

The arrest order grew out of Phillip’s failure to appear in the North Carolina court on May 29, 2012, on the charge of larceny from a person.

According to a copy of the Gaston County Police Department case report obtained by the newspaper, Phillip was arrested and charged on Feb. 1, 2012.

According to the report an Apple iPhone4 was stolen and recovered on that date. The report said the case was “closed/cleared,” but the officials contacted by The Dominion-Post said no verdict had been reached and that there was an order out for Phillip’s arrest for failure to appear.

The paper also said in a different case, Phillip was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of injury to personal property on Dec. 3, 2011, according to the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Office of the Sheriff website. The status and/or resolution of that case was unknown.

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