A North Carolina fugitive named Phillip Stroupe II, who was accused of stealing a mountain bike at gunpoint before leading authorities on a 6-day manhunt that closed parts of Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina, has finally been apprehended.
The search ended around 1:30 A.M. this morning when Stroupe was picked up by a joint task force that included the FBI and the U.S. Marshals along with local law enforcement about an hour and fifteen minutes northeast of where the search began.
When Stroupe was spotted by police in the Marion area, he was driving a silver Honda Ridgeline belonging to 68-year-old Thomas Bryson. Bryson, who lives in the South Mills River area where Stroupe was reportedly seen during the manhunt, was reported missing yesterday morning around 8:30 A.M. According to WLOS, Bryson is still missing and his disappearance is being investigated as a possible kidnapping by Stroupe.
Learn more about the manhunt here.