Inside NC National Forest, Police Hunt This Man

Phillip Michael Stroupe II may have 'survivalist instincts'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2017 10:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – North Carolina authorities have been telling visitors to stay away from the Pisgah National Forest as the search continues for an armed suspect believed to be in it. Authorities say the manhunt in the forest is ongoing for 38-year-old Phillip Michael Stroupe II of Weaverville. The Transylvania County Sheriff's Department says he's a suspect in a break-in. Sheriff's deputies say they chased Stroupe's vehicle Saturday through an area popular with hikers and campers; he allegedly stole a mountain bike and later pedaled into the woods. An area of the forest extending between Asheville and the South Carolina border was closed Sunday, reports the AP.

Stroupe is roughly 5 foot 8 inches tall, with a shaved head and distinctive neck tattoo. According to police he was wearing a camouflage shirt, has a revolver and potentially a second weapon, and "may have survivalist instincts or capabilities," as Fox Carolina puts it. He has resisted police in the past. (Read more manhunt stories.)

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