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  • Writer's pictureHannah Weikel

Strawberry gun suspect surrenders after evacuation and manhunt

A Strawberry man surrendered himself to Marin County Sheriff’s deputies in Oakland one day after he allegedly brandished a gun during an altercation with a neighbor, causing a massive police response and evacuation of a North Knoll Road affordable-housing complex. Authorities at the time believed the man had barricaded himself inside his apartment but later learned he had left the area before deputies arrived. It’s unclear whether he ever led them to believe he was inside the building. Phillip Hosea Smith, 65, was booked into Marin County Jail Sept. 13 on suspicion of criminal threats, brandishing a firearm, vandalism and possession of a firearm and ammunition with a prior felony conviction. His bail is set at $50,000.

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