N.C. for­est closed dur­ing man­hunt

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - — COM­PILED BY DEMO­CRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

MILLS RIVER, N.C. — Author­i­ties on Sun­day told vis­i­tors to stay away from a na­tional for­est in North Carolina while they searched for an armed sus­pect, say­ing he es­caped by steal­ing a moun­tain bike at gun­point.

An area of the Pis­gah Na­tional For­est be­tween Asheville and the South Carolina bor­der was closed Sun­day while of­fi­cers were seek­ing Phillip Michael Stroupe II, 38, of Weaverville, N.C. The Tran­syl­va­nia County sher­iff’s of­fice said he was a sus­pect in a break-in.

Roads and trails were closed as in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­ducted their search.

Sher­iff’s deputies said they were chas­ing Stroupe’s ve­hi­cle Satur­day through an area pop­u­lar with hik­ers and campers when he stole the moun­tain bike and ped­aled into the woods.

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