TSU athletic director's son arrested for home break-in - WKRN News 2

TSU athletic director's son arrested for break-in at bank president's home

Posted: Updated: Jan 17, 2014 01:29 AM
Micah Phillips, 18 Micah Phillips, 18
Robert Kelley, 18 Robert Kelley, 18
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The son of Tennessee State University's athletic director Teresa Phillips was arrested for attempting to break into the home of a respected Nashville bank president.

Micah Phillips and his accomplice, Robert Kelley, both 18, were arrested Sunday morning for attempted aggravated burglary and evading arrest.

According to a police affidavit, the two men were attempting to gain access to Dr. Deborah Cole's north Nashville home.

Reports indicate the burglary was foiled when Dr. Cole, who is president of the Citizen's Bank, called police.

Phillips and Kelley fled from the scene, leaving behind a black Volkswagen Jetta in Cole's driveway.

Upon arrival, authorities found both Phillips and Kelley's IDs.  They were taken into custody a short time later.

Sources told Nashville's News 2 Investigates Cole and Teresa Phillips are good friends and that Micah Phillips had been working for Cole before the alleged crime.  

By phone, Dr. Cole said she had no comment on the matter.

Teresa Philips did not want to speak on camera, but released a statement that read, "My family is devastated over the alleged incident involving my son and asks for your prayers as we go through this trying time. As a parent, I ask that you respect our privacy."

Phillips has since been released on $7,500 bond.

A 17-year-old juvenile was also arrested in the case.

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