The suspect that launched a six-day manhunt spanning two counties is now in custody.
Phillip Michael Stroupe II was taken into custody in McDowell County about 1:30am this morning.
According to McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene Stroupe was captured on Highway 70 west of Marion, in the Pleasant Gardens community.
Greene says Stroupe was first sighted in Yancey County on Highway 80 coming into McDowell County.
He says Stroupe tried to evade officers, they deployed stop sticks to end the chase.
Greene says Stroupe abandoned his car and ran on foot, located and taken into custody.
The sheriff says Stroupe was driving Thomas Bryson’s truck, but Bryson was not with Stroupe when he was captured.
Authorities are still looking for Bryson. Yesterday evening authorities announced the disappearance of Bryson, as a possible kidnapping by Stroupe.
Bryson, 68, went missing from his home in the South Mills River Road area on Wednesday around 8:30 a.m., which is in the same area law enforcement officers are looking for Stroupe.
Bryson's family members said he was supposed to take his sister to a doctor's appointment, but he never showed up.
Stroupe had been on the run since Saturday when authorities say he led officers on a chase, ran into the woods and stole a bike at gunpoint. The manhunt shut down parts of the Pisgah National Forest until Tuesday, July 25, when a possible sighting of Stroupe moved the search to the Mills River area.
Phillip Michael Stroupe II remains on the run from law enforcement in the Mills River section of Henderson County. Stroupe is considered armed and dangerous and has been on the run since Saturday, July 22nd. Stroupe, age 38, is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He has a shaved head and a large, distinct tattoo on his neck just under his chin. Anyone who sees him should call 911. Stroupe has a criminal history in multiple counties, including charges of armed robberies, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. In McDowell County, Stroupe spent more than 15 years in prison for multiple armed robberies. In Yancey County, he was charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods, identity theft and fleeing and eluding. His charges in Buncombe County include assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, kidnapping charge and an armed robbery.
Thirty five people have filed to run for office in Avery County for the upcoming municipal elections. It seems like a lot until you realize that there are eight townships within the county. Newland has the most people on the ballot with David P Calvert, Jamey Johnson, Erica McKinney, Roxanna Roberson, Greg Siez, Laren James Turbyfill and Joleta Wise filing to run for town council, and Valerie Calloway Jaynes for Mayor. Elk Park is close behind with Brand Benfield, Daniel Boone, Tony Eller, Tommy Norman, Michael E. Smith and Joel Whitley for Elk Park Town Council and John Boone filing for Elk Park Mayor. Beech Mountain has J. Weidner Abernethy, Barry Kaufman, E. Rick Miller, Paul Piquet, and Carl Marquardt all running for town council. Even Seven Devils has five people running for town council seats including Brad Lambert, Kay Ehlinger, Bob Dodson, Tina Bailey and Barrie Winn. Michael P. Dunn and Robert Edgar Tufts have filed for reelection to the Banner Elk Town Council. Tudor Vance filed for reelection as Crossnore Mayor, Jessie Smith and Dan Vance filed for Crossnore Alderman. Bob Donovan has filed for Mayor of Grandfather Village and David G. Jones and Andre Tennille set their sights on the Grandfather Village Town Council. David P Ammann and Scott J. Brown filed for Sugar Mountain Town Council.
McDowell County will be home to a new state park. Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill Tuesday, July 25th that authorizes three new state natural areas for the North Carolina State Parks system and directs a study for a potential state park along the Black River in the southeastern part of the state. The bill authorizes the addition of Bob’s Pocket in McDowell County, Warwick Mill Bay in Robeson County and Salmon Creek in Bertie County to the state parks system as state natural areas. Bob’s Pocket in McDowell County is a series of sheltered coves and ravines with rare flora and geology. Warwick Mill Bay is home to herons, egrets, alligators, and the federally threatened wood storm among other wildlife. Salmon Creek features cypress-gum swamps, freshwater tidal marshes, and several archaeological sites. These three properties will offer minimal impact access for birdwatching, photography, and scientific research.
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There will be a bar-b-que fundraiser for Jada Daniels at Parkway Fire Dept in Grassy Creek Friday, July 28th from 10:30am until around 5:00pm or they run out of food. 100 % of the monies raised will go toward Jada's medcal expenses and treatment. Jada is the 44 year old wife of Chris Daniels and has two children. She is a Training Coordinator at Mountain Vew Correctional Institution. She was diagnosed last August with Stage IV colon cancer that has spread to her liver. Doctors did not offer her much hope with traditional chemotherapy so Jada has chosen to try alternative methods and her faith to fight the cancer. However insurance will not pay for the expensive homeopathic treatments so her and her family are paying all the costs themselves. Plates will have bar-b-que, roll. slaw, beans, drink and dessert for a $10 donation.
Buncombe Turnpike returns to the Town Center with their own brand of handcrafted, off the beaten path bluegrass, July 28th at 7:30pm. Come out to the Yancey County CD release party of Buncombe Turnpike’s new album, “They Passed it Down” at the Burnsville Town Center. You’ll (more)
Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-(more)