McDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. — Phillip Michael Stroupe II, subject of a manhunt in Pisgah Forest and elsewhere since Saturday, made his first appearance today in McDowell County courtroom . In a criminal prosecution, Stroupe must first be brought before a judge. District Attorney Ted Bell, DA for both McDowell and Rutherford counties, made the case before Judge Laura Powell. Stroupe faces charges in Yancey County and is wanted in Buncombe County for failure to appear in court in regards to a kidnapping charge. Here he is charged with felon with a firearm, eluding arrest, reckless driving and possession of meth. Currently there are no charges related to the disappearance of Thomas Bryson whose car Stroupe had been driving when captured.
- $2M on possession of a firearm by a felon, eluding arrest with vehicle, reckless driving, possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance
- $4,000 surrenders Henderson County
- $67,000 surrenders Yancey County
- $2,000 surrenders Buncombe County
There are also holds for Stroupe from Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties.
District Attorney Ted Bell said in a statement:
We are grateful for Judge Laura Powell’s ruling raising his bond to two million dollars in light of the danger to the community Mr. Stroupe would post if he were released.
Stroupe should be back in court on August 14, 2017. He requested a court appointed attorney.
Phillip Stroupe, 38, of Weaverville, was released from the Yancey County Detention Center last Thursday. Shortly afterward he stole a mountain bike at gunpoint and vanished into the woods of Pisgah Forest. Days later he was spotted in the Henderson County area.
Bryson , still missing, left his home at about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday driving a silver Honda Ridgeline with tag number AAR-7345. Anyone with information about Bryson is asked to call 911.