UPDATE: Robert Phillips' neighbors speak out after arrest

Posted at 8:47 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 08:47:29-04

A Mid-Michigan truck driver was arraigned Wednesday morning after police found him with a missing teenage girl.

Robert Phillips, 57, was found on Monday in Kentucky.

"I was shocked, very shocked," Kim Kulhawik said.

Kulhawik used to live right next door to Phillips. She's been following the story on Facebook and in the news, and isn't sure exactly what happened. She used to see him outside a lot working, and says he seemed normal.

"I thought he was a very nice guy when I lived next to him. I mean, things can change, but I thought he was alright," she said.

Police say Phillips picked up the 14-year-old after she left her group home. According to court documents she told police Phillips gave her marijuana to smoke and put cannabis oil under her tongue. Police say they found both in his truck. To some neighbors, this was no surprise.

"He lived in the neighborhood and he just wasn't right...he did some strange things," William Brussow said.

Brussow also used to live next to Phillips. He said it was only a matter of time until he was arrested.

"I always thought in my mind that someday he would get caught, and he got caught," he said.

Still, many are left wondering if there is more to the story.

"I thought there was something else that happened. I didn't think he did it. I thought there was other things, reasons behind the situation," Kulhawik said.

Phillips is faced with two charges: unlawful transaction of a minor and possession of marijuana. Records indicate he is still in the Laurel County Jail Kentucky.

Police have not said where in Michigan the 14-year-old girl is from or where the group home is.