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South Carolina man wanted for attempted homicide captured in Vermont

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 8:59 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2021 at 3:04 PM EDT
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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) - A former Vermonter on the run from police in South Carolina was captured in St. Albans Town Monday night.

An off-duty Burlington police dispatcher called 911 after seeing Katon’s car.

State and local police, sheriff’s deputies and federal marshals swooped in just before midnight and stopped Philip Katon, 53, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, in the northbound lane of Interstate 89.

He is wanted in South Carolina for attempted homicide.

Katon was arrested and is being held at the Northwest State Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail. He is due in Franklin County Superior Court to face a fugitive from justice charge.

Phillip Katon
Phillip Katon(WCAX)

This isn’t Katon’s first time in Vermont. Back in 2017, Katon lived in Milton.

He was accused then of leading police on a high-speed chase for about 20 miles through Chittenden and Franklin counties after cops tried to stop him for driving with a suspended license.

Police said he called a dispatcher threatening to kill officers if they didn’t call off the pursuit. They used spike strips to stop Katon’s SUV.

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