HAWTHORNE, CA—With a name that invokes car problems, why did he choose such a crime?
Phillip R. Dent—no relation to anyone mentioned in the fabled Douglas Adams’ classic, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy—was picked up by Hawthorne police on Tuesday, January 28 at approximately 4:30 p.m.
The 47-year old Hawthorne resident was charged with carjacking. He was picked up along the 3600 block of Imperial Highway, a few yards from his residence at 3636 W. Imperial Highway. The block in question has a history of arrest regarding prostitution, petty crime, drug-dealing and loitering.
Despite having no priors, bail was set at $100,000 for the first-time charge. No priors were acknowledged, and the brown-eyed, 5-foot, 8-inch tall Dent denied having any occupation.
Asked if Dent had his towel on hand when he was arrested, a Hawthorne police officer hiked her thumb rearwards to imply I hit the road ASAP lest I become like a dolphin and get netted too.