November 23, 2014


Alleged drug dealer charged with assaulting, robbing teen

Forrest Phillips

Forrest Phillips

ELYRIA — A drug dealer allegedly beat up a teenager, robbed him and fractured his jaw over drug money Monday before hiding from officers in his girlfriend’s basement, police said.

Forrest Phillips, 21, who goes by the street name “Bubba,” was charged with felonious assault and robbery about 1 p.m. Wednesday at his girlfriend’s house in the 100 block of Bath Street.

The arrest came after an assault Monday when a 17-year-old boy told police he was riding his bike on Bath Street and saw Phillips and two other men. The teenager remembered Phillips because he’d bought marijuana from him in the past, said Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

Phillips approached the 17-year-old and told him he owed Phillips drug money, Costantino said. The teenager said he’d already paid and Phillips, in turn, accused the teenager of stealing money from his house. The 17-year-old tried to leave the area but Phillips punched him in the head and, along with the other two men, started kicking and punching the teenager in the face, back and legs, Costantino said.

To get them to stop, the teenager threw $20 on the ground and ran from the area. He went to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and was treated for a fractured jaw, Costantino said.

Inside Phillips’ girlfriend’s house, police officers found bullets, a loaded gun stuffed in a couch and Phillips hiding in the basement, Costantino said.

Phillips was charged with the assault and robbery and taken to Lorain County Jail where he was held on a $40,000 bond Thursday.

Costantino said Phillips could incur additional charges, and police were looking for the two other suspects involved in the assault.

Phillips’ court date is 1 p.m. Thursday at Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

  • Starryeyes63

    On the bright side he won’t have to change his nickname in prison……..

  • Roy Benevidez

    The commentariat is silent? No “thug”? No “animal”?

    • Pablo Jones

      He’s a ginger, it all goes without having to be said.

      • golfingirl

        But “Gingers” are discriminated against. Many feel they are a sign of evil and lack intelligence.

        So how can he possibly be held accountable for his actions? The deck has been stacked against him all his life!

        Set him free immediately!!!

    • TruthWhisperer

      Sis Delish got caught using multiple accounts so thats why you have seen a real slow down because she is embarrassed.

      Take a look:

      Not as fun when everyone knows its only one person that is making rude comments and she responded to herself and like’s her own comments because nobody else does.

  • Otter

    Apparently not a very good drug dealer, if he (and two friends) have to beat up a 17 year old for $20.00.

  • Chan

    I always find humor in people thinking they are “tough” and then go hiding like the punk that they really are.

  • keepsmewonderin

    Wonder if the victim has learned anything from this. And right, “Bubba” will be be meeting some more “Bubba’s” We’ll see who the tough guy is then.

  • golfingirl

    Give him a shirt and throw him in jail with all the other “tough guys.”

    Please, no orange jump suit though… will definitely not look good with that hair color.

  • proccw

    this pos used to live next door to us and he was a bad a$$ wanna be then too!

  • John Demirjian

    Just goes to show that black men aren’t the only oxygen thieves.

  • Simon Jester

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  • Fred Garvin

    “Opey” needs to share a cell with Bubba.

  • tomfeher

    He made bail! Guess some people I know can’t have their street dealer off the streets