Search continues for escaped Region 8 inmate

Phillip William Rasmussen (Source: Arkansas Dept. of Corrections)
Phillip William Rasmussen (Source: Arkansas Dept. of Corrections)

MCCRORY, AR (KAIT)- Law enforcement officials are still looking for a Region 8 inmate who walked away from a treatment center in Woodruff Country.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, former Mountain Home resident Phillip William Rasmussen, 50, walked away from a non-secure treatment facility in McCrory at noon on March 25th.

In 2007, Rasmussen was sentenced by the Baxter County Circuit Court to serve time in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for a felony battery charge after an altercation with an inmate.

A news release from the sheriff's office indicates that Rasmussen has ties to Baxter County so residents should be on alert for his presence and notify law enforcement if he is seen.  Rasmussen is not considered to be armed, but he has been known to be violent towards others.

An absconder warrant has been issued for Rasmussen.

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