After a six-day manhunt in the Pisgah National forest, the fugitive pictured above, Phillip Michael Stroupe, II, was apprehended late last night, according to an article on WLOS.com.
According to reports, Stroupe stole a mountain bike at gunpoint while fleeing from police, taking off into Pisgah National Forest on bike.
According to WLOS:
Wednesday morning, Henderson County authorities received a report of a missing man, Thomas Bryson, 68, who had been in the area authorities had been searching for Stroupe in. Later that day, authorities told News 13 they were officially investigating Mr. Bryson’s disappearance as a possible kidnapping.
According to the article, Stroupe was then spotted at 10:40pm last night, and tried to evade authorities yet again. The police deployed stop sticks on Highway 80 to disable the truck he was driving (belonging to Mr. Bryson), and Stroupe took to running on foot. According to WLOS, “Stroupe was taken into custody near Riverside Mobile Home Park, in a field between the mobile home park and a nearby market.”
Mr. Bryson was not with Stroupe and has not yet been located. “Mr. Bryson is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds with a gray mustache and hair,” according to WLOS.
“Anyone with any information is asked to call 911.”