Phillips' Pennsylvania hideaway found

Sept. 7, 2006 at 2:15 PM
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LUDLOW, Pa., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- As the manhunt for the man who allegedly shot two New York state troopers stretched from Pennsylvania in all directions, a second man entered the case.

Authorities say that for the last 11 days it appeared the fugitive, Ralph "Bucky" Phillips, had been hiding in the trailer of Todd Nelson of Ludlow, Pa.

Nelson was arrested after police seized from his trailer 33 of the 41 guns Phillips is believed to have stolen. He was charged with hindering the prosecution of Phillips, the Buffalo News said.

Phillips is the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Trooper Joseph A. Longobardo and wounding of Trooper Donald H. Baker Jr. in an ambush last Thursday.

Meanwhile, New York State Police reported "hundreds of leads from across the country." Sightings have been reported in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey and other locations.

The U.S. Marshals Service placed Phillips on its wanted list and increased the reward offered for his capture to $250,000.

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