SUV used as weapon in attempted murder case

MENOMINEE TOWNSHIP — An argument over $140 has left one man in intensive care and another charged with assault with intent to murder and attempted murder in Menominee Township. The chain of events began on Friday and continued into this week.

According to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Joseph Philipps, 23, of Menominee Township was arrested Sunday at 6:52 p.m. after he intentionally ran at and over Devon Scott Barley, 23, of Menominee Township, with a vehicle in Menominee Township.

At around 4:17 p.m. Friday, deputies from the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, along with Menominee Police Department officers and troopers from the Michigan State Police, responded to a 911 call to N795 County Road 577 in Menominee Township for a motor vehicle assault against a pedestrian.

Witnesses reported to officers they observed Philipps intentionally run at and over Barley with a red Honda Pilot SUV, following an argument over a $140 debt. Witnesses specifically reported they observed Philipps leaving the paved driveway and driving onto the front lawn, intentionally striking Barley with the front of the SUV and running him over.

Philipps fled the scene in the SUV.

Menominee County Rescue personnel responded, treated and transported Barley to Saint Vincent’s hospital in Green Bay, where he remains in intensive care.

According to deputies, Barley is currently in intensive care after a five hour surgery for a broken femur, broken ribs, multiple traumatic wounds and a bruised lung. He will require additional surgeries to repair ankle and shoulder injuries once his condition is stable.

The sheriff’s office said a multi-jurisdictional search was conducted to locate Philipps and the vehicle. A drone was deployed by Vandermissen Aeronautical Solutions, LLC to search possible hide-outs.

Deputies said Philipps surrendered to deputies at the Menominee County Jail on Sunday at 6:52 p.m. He was booked on charges of assault with intent to murder and attempted murder. His bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety.

The vehicle was located and impounded as evidence by deputies.

On Monday at 11:30 a.m., Philipps was arraigned in Menominee County District Court. The bond of $250,000 cash/surety was upheld.

The investigation continues, according to the sheriff’s office.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks is asking citizens with additional information to contact the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office at 906-863-4441, or leave a tip with Crime Stoppers of Marinette County, Inc. at 1-800-5857 or 1-715-735-5111.