Wellsville man arrested for stalking and harassing estranged wife

Booking photo for Mark D. Phipps (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)

LOGAN — A 58-year-old Wellsville man has been arrested on suspicion of stalking and harassing a woman who he had a prior relationship with. Mark D. Phipps was taken into custody Thursday morning, after deputies tracked him to a Logan home improvement store and conducted a traffic stop.

Phipps was booked into the Cache County Jail on a warrant. He was later released after posting $7,500 bail.

According to the warrant affidavit, the alleged victim claimed Phipps would follow her as she would drive to her Ogden workplace. He would also call her and make comments that he was spying on her during her lunch break.

Deputies claim Phipps sent a photograph of the woman, partially naked from the waist down, to a family member. He also threatened to send other nude pictures to others in the woman’s family.
The warrant stated that Phipps called a family member and threatened them. In a recorded voicemail message, he said “I promise you, your whole family is going to get a great Mother’s Day gift in behalf of you. You screwed up this time.”

Deputies contacted Phipps and questioned him. He claimed that he had never been told to stay away from the victim but stated that he would not contact her in the future.

After speaking with the county attorney’s office, deputies felt they lacked sufficient evidence to arrest Phipps and let him go. As a precaution, they filed a warrant to place a secret GPS tracking device on his vehicle.

Two days later Phipps again was seen driving behind the victim along 1000 W. He then sped up and cut her off, continuing to drive erratically at a high rate of speed. He later followed her to a local convenience store.

According to the warrant, this time deputies were able to use the tracker information to verify the victim’s story. It showed that he was traveling at a high rate of speed trying to purse the woman and following her to the gas station.

During Thursday’s arrest, Phipps claimed that he drove to the gas station to fill up and did not know the victim was there. Evidence showed that he never purchased any gas and his vehicle tank was already full.

Phipps was booked and later charged with stalking, a second-degree felony; and, distribution of an intimate image, a class A misdemeanor.

Court records show, Phipps has faced multiple stalking charges previously. He has also had multiple protective orders filed against him.


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10 Comments

  • Ann May 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm Reply

    I know from experience that this man is a piece of garbage. He has destroyed countless lives, including my family. He is a manipulative, pathological liar, drug addict, womanizer, scam artist and the list goes on. He lured my Mom in and abused the hell out of her. He’s threatened her and my family and us stocked all of us numerous times. He is relentless and thinks he’s above the law. That he is above everyone. He needs to be locked up. This is not his first go around with this crap and it sure as hell won’t be his last.

    • Amber Hamilton May 17, 2020 at 7:49 am Reply

      Exactly, what FELONY arrest # is this since 2016 even? Aggravated assault, multiple stalking, protection orders. How is he not in prison when so many families with proof are terrified in the Logan Community. How many have left the Logan community? Why do you think he thinks he is above fhe law? Because he keeps getting away with it. They should look deeper into HOW. He is a threat, and risk to our community. There is 15 different victims of families not connected to this man from multiple surrounding towns. Its multiple and everyone knows it. Hopefully they do something before a life is lost. His irritical behavior due to the stalking, is scary. His daughter in law told my sister he thought a man was sleeping next to his wife (no) and got a knife and repeadly stabbed the mattress in on of his stalking cases? They just over looked that? Hopefully public attention and enough victims step forward the hunting cameras infront of our houses, night googles to see, peeping Tom in the window, stops and soon. He is 58, grow up buddy. You live at your mothers house, abuse women, do drugs, ruin other people’s lifes, and lie to women online. We all know Mark. Just turn yourself in now. I wonder how many rape cases will now come forward, assaults , stalking. If him and a couple others he was tracked to multiple times. We’re off the streets after two decades. The number would be disturbing. The underage even. If the city only told the public the truth in everything. Just Not a simple “he has had multiple priors” go into depth of what he’s done to these innocent people. Stalking not only women; families. I get they have to say the least of his threatening texts they previously reported about. You know that was the only one out of Probably hundreds if not thousands they could find appropriate enough for local news, and it still was gut wrenching. I don’t know the guy and know he’s harassing his ex “L “we will call her. For 4+ years???That Poor lady should know so many people care. We know he goes to the next level. Beyond henious. He even ask his friends to go drive by. They are FIFTY EIGHT!!!!! Some of them are bad ?. My question is with that bad ? Why doesn’t he get drug charges and internal possession atleast? I feel so bad for these women. He or his partner in crime, one of the two, have personally got a woman to do drugs with one of them, recorded her(her unknowingly, more then half their age) out of it , drugged out the “buddies”(cops) found her in a hotel not in her name hiding from that group?? She isn’t local tells them so she messed up told them then SHE ended up in jail for a year? She is “nobody” and now she really feels like a someone. Seeing it was his drugs? Why don’t they tell the full story behind this monster and friends this community has had to deal with for years. Because the law work for them? Thought it was for us? Then they wonder why henious crimes happen. Makes it hard to have any faith in the system,’after Seeing the dealing with the local enforcement/courts and Mark Phipps not just once twice three times but for YEARS!!! He is going to kill someone before they send him to prison??? He’s 58 and repeadly been caught and is repeatedly doing it. This isn’t drugs either. He’s at Clear Recovrery Rehabilitation in Logan. So he’s probably clean off his drugs which makes it even worse he does this soberly and lied to police? why was there no abstuction charge? I bet she sure feels safe tonight. I hope they have witness for her. Seeing who it is behind him protecting Him & helping him??? Killer Millers own this place, the law works for them. There’s proof?? If cache country truly hasn’t figured out yet, I legally give permission they have my email HA I’d love to tell them unknowns they’d have to been wanting to know about these people if they “truly care” but I don’t need my whole family harassed for a year again so it’s like do something so people can step forward or it’ll just never stop? He got out and now it’s gun shots across the street with her window open. Plain as day? At 12 pm? Then she bluntly says something loud, as if … someone’s hmm stalking her trying to scare her probably outside, More rounds. Are they threatening her about keeping silent on Mark and friends?? . Gun shots? Vs the situation that happened. He’s going to kill someone… How they let this guy out… such a risk to this community

    • Randy Manslove May 18, 2020 at 8:17 am Reply

      That was hard to read. Not because of the things you claim this man did, but because your English is at the level of a toddler. Go back to school.

  • Shane May 16, 2020 at 8:10 pm Reply

    What a tool can’t even get a life 58 and needs to stalk women don’t yah think it’s about time to grow the hell up think about how your mother would feel if some one does that to her…
    Be a man for hell sakes

  • Grace May 18, 2020 at 6:06 am Reply

    Please don’t believe everything you read in print. There’s much more to set up story than printed in ink.

  • Grace May 18, 2020 at 6:15 am Reply

    Please don’t believe everything just because it’s in print. Vicious gossip mongers that’s have nothing better to do than hate and set people up and make more hate. Shame on you.

    • Tammy Olson May 18, 2020 at 9:30 am Reply

      No absolute way these are rumors. They are legit and I know a lot of people would agree. His mom enables him as well and they both need help. It’s so sad. But he is a womanizer and definitely is not a safe man to have in the streets.

    • Heather Taylor May 18, 2020 at 9:39 am Reply

      Pretty sure it wasn’t set up when cops had a tracker placed on his car and tracked his stalking as per article. Cops don’t gossip they state facts. They have to state facts with evidence they can’t make arrests without hard evidence. You will see things come out about this womanizer.

  • Grace May 18, 2020 at 6:23 am Reply

    Please don’t believe everything you read in print. Bitter gossip mongers who only hate and spread more hate. Shame on you.

    • Brad Jensen May 18, 2020 at 9:33 am Reply

      They aren’t rumors they are all one hundred percent true. It’s a shame on his family how embarrassing for them. Hopefully his mom comes out of denial. He needs help before he hurts himself or someone else. Shame on his mother for enabling and not getting him help. So sad for all these families he’s ruined. So devastating what he’s done. Everyone in the valley knows how he is. And evidence is key with all this and I’m sure there is plenty,

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