Baton Rouge man accused of beating girlfriend eludes deputies twice but is captured after third attempt to flee _lowres

Phillip Leroy Mack Jr.

After two unsuccessful attempts to catch a Baton Rouge man, sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday finally arrested the 31-year-old accused of beating his girlfriend with a stick and dragging her from a car about a month ago.

Phillip Leroy Mack Jr. twice escaped deputies, fleeing into the woods behind his Zachary workplace to elude them on each occasion, according to Sheriff’s Office reports.

On Wednesday, though, Mack was caught, booked into the Parish Prison on counts of aggravated battery and resisting arrest.

It wasn’t immediately clear how deputies arrested him, but the Sheriff’s Office reports detail how he eluded them and why they were searching for him.

On May 5, Mack’s girlfriend went to her husband’s workplace, Great States Galvanizing, a trucking company on Salvant Road, looking to obtain a credit card from him. They were about to move in together, she told deputies, and she planned on doing some shopping.

Shortly after she arrived, the two began arguing. The girlfriend told deputies Mack punched her in the face, struck her with a wooden stick and dragged her from her vehicle onto the pavement.

The report says the woman had scratches on her face, an arm and a leg.

Mack allegedly fled into a wooded area behind the business. Deputies and at least one Sheriff’s Office dog searched for Mack but couldn’t find him.

On Monday, a deputy returned to the business looking for Mack.

The suspect initially met with the deputy and handed him an identification card. But Mack soon fled out a back door and into the woods, the report says.

A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions Wednesday night about how deputies tracked down Mack.

Mack, of 11043 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, remained jailed Wednesday evening.