UPDATE: Three arrested for felony harboring an escapee (Stroupe)

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. — UPDATE: Larry Jay Hawkins III, one of three people charged with harboring Phillips Stroupe, is in police custody Saturday. Earlier today Jennifer Hawkins Frederick Badgero and Larry Jay Hawkins were charged with Felony Harboring Escapee in connection with the Stroupe case.

Badgero and Jennifer Hawkins are out on bond, said Sheriff Duncan in the press conference.

  • Jennifer Elaine Hawkins, 40, of Rocky Lane in Barnardsville was charged with felony harboring an escapee on July 28, 2017.
  • Frederick Aurther Badgero, Jr., 45, of Nebo was charged with felony harboring an escapee on July 28, 2017.
  • Larry Jay Hawkins, III, 23 of Rocky Lane in Barnardsville is charged with felony harboring a escapee.


The Buncombe County District Attorney is reviewing to determine if additional charges are appropriate against Hawkinses and Badgero. He said the potential exposure for any who helped Stroupe is life without parole, depending on what happened to Bryson after he encountered Phillip Stroupe.

Sheriff Duncan also said the three people who harbored Stroupe knew him before the manhunt.