Pisgah lockdown

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  • 07-22-2017
    mikeridesabike
    Pisgah lockdown
    So I was at Pisgah today and this was happening:

    Part of Pisgah National Forest evacuated as deputies search for armed suspect | WLOS

    I got there right at noon and was parked in the lot near the visitor's center when 2 highway patrol cars pulled in and parked just across from me. I thought that maybe I was going to be arrested for slow riding or something, but then a guy walked up and started talking to them. He said that he was on the gravel road right at Bennett Gap when a car came flying up the road and and then stopped and a guy jumped out and stuck a gun in his chest and took his bike. The guy threw the bike into the back of an SUV and took off. I talked to the guy briefly. He seemed amazingly calm for someone who had just had a gun stuck in his chest.

    My riding partner and I ended up going over to the Hatchery to ride and by the time we got back to the Hub, they were blocking all cars from going into Pisgah. I'm sure we will hear more on the news later.
  • 07-22-2017
    upstateSC-rider
    Not surprised at all, there are some really sketchy-looking people living in some of those tents. :eekster:
  • 07-22-2017
    Timothy G. Parrish
    Thanks for the update. We are, or possibly were, planning on going there tomorrow. [emoji51]

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  • 07-22-2017
    mikeridesabike
    I haven't yet seen on the news what the guy was wanted for before he stole the bike.

    And karma being what it it, the bike was an XL and the victim described the perp as a short guy, so he may have a hard time making an escape on it.
  • 07-22-2017
    RDO
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    I haven't yet seen on the news what the guy was wanted for before he stole the bike.

    And karma being what it it, the bike was an XL and the victim described the perp as a short guy, so he may have a hard time making an escape on it.

    It's this guy: Authorities release name of armed, dangerous suspect in Brevard-area manhunt | WLOS

    What I can't figure if he was the same guy arrested in June for an armed robbery in Weaverville. That one was supposedly Stroupe II, this one Stroupe III. The mugshots look identical.
  • 07-22-2017
    Timothy G. Parrish
    I assume the bike may have been snatched as a getaway bike. He's on the run, so probably going to ditch the SUV and head out on bike.

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  • 07-22-2017
    mtbwnc
    Interview with the guy who was held up:
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...700508%2F&_rdr

    Naturally, they were back at the Hub drinking beer after at all ended. I suspect they needed it more than most!

    Glad they're ok, and I hope this goon is caught post haste.
  • 07-22-2017
    Timothy G. Parrish
    Yup. He ditched the SUV and is now on the bike:

    Deputies identify man wanted following chase, search in national forest
  • 07-22-2017
    swoodbrn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbwnc View Post
    Interview with the guy who was held up:
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...700508%2F&_rdr

    Naturally, they were back at the Hub drinking beer after at all ended. I suspect they needed it more than most!

    Glad they're ok, and I hope this goon is caught post haste.

    Ha, I swear I think I turned off at the stables to climb Clawhammer right before the two cars came by - I heard them and the siren racing up 477.
  • 07-23-2017
    mike_sc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbwnc View Post
    Interview with the guy who was held up:
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...700508%2F&_rdr

    Not sure if I caught his name, but of all people to steal a mountain bike from ... Gary Fisher?
  • 07-23-2017
    pryde1
    I just finished a ride at cove creek area and cops where flying around everywhere. Crazy.

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  • 07-23-2017
    pryde1
    BTW is N Mills River area closed as well? Wanted to do a ride there today

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  • 07-23-2017
    upstateSC-rider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mike_sc View Post
    Not sure if I caught his name, but of all people to steal a mountain bike from ... Gary Fisher?

    Ha. You can't make up this kind of stuff. :)
  • 07-23-2017
    Makarmtb
    Haha ^, glad i was able to get in my riding up there last weekend !
  • 07-23-2017
    mikeridesabike
    Part of this makes no sense. If he escaped on a stolen bike which was way too big for him on Avery Creek Rd., there are not a lot of options for escaping on bike. I know he did not come out by the stables, as there were cops blocking that rd., unless he got there before they did. But if that was the case, he would have had to ride down to 276. I just don't see this guy riding up Avery Creek trail on a stolen bike with no food or water and lasting very long. My guess is that his ditched the bike pretty fast and ran off into the woods. With every copy in Western NC on his tail, I don't see how he can last too long out there. I just hope this ends without anyone getting shot.
  • 07-23-2017
    pryde1
    The real question is, did the cops draw First Blood?

    jk :)

    I ended up riding dupont this morning and it seemed a lot more packed than usual :)
  • 07-23-2017
    swoodbrn
    Worst part of it is that after climbing 477, Mr. Fisher ended up at the top of Bennett, without a bike!
  • 07-23-2017
    Timothy G. Parrish
    We rode N Mills today. 5 min after getting there around 9 AM, police blocked off 1206. All of Trace, Spencer, etc., was open. Every person we encountered on the trails, we subconsciously looked first at their neck looking for a tattoo.

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  • 07-23-2017
    mikeridesabike
    The guy was spotted in the Mills River area today according to this:

    2 confirmed sightings of armed suspect as Brevard-area manhunt continues | WLOS

    This guy may be training for the P36. He has been out there for 2 days with no food.
  • 07-23-2017
    RDO
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    The guy was spotted in the Mills River area today according to this:

    2 confirmed sightings of armed suspect as Brevard-area manhunt continues | WLOS

    This guy may be training for the P36. He has been out there for 2 days with no food.

    i don't know about food and water. Evacuated campers had to leave provisions behind or couldn't get back into to retrieve them. Also read somewhere that the non-hostage at Wolf Ford Road gave him a granola bar.
  • 07-23-2017
    Timothy G. Parrish
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by RDO View Post
    i don't know about food and water. Evacuated campers had to leave provisions behind or couldn't get back into to retrieve them. Also read somewhere that the non-hostage at Wolf Ford Road gave him a granola bar.

    Please don't feed the wildlife! ;)

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  • 07-27-2017
    Lithified
    In custody. http://wlos.com/news/local/breaking-...cdowell-county

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  • 07-27-2017
    mikeridesabike
    Good news, but I had not heard about the possible kidnapping. This does not sound good for Mr. Bryson.
  • 07-31-2017
    AVL-MTB
    Terrible news last night :( The man went to the same church as me.
  • 07-31-2017
    Lithified
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AshevilleMTB View Post
    Terrible news last night :( The man went to the same church as me.

    Very sad for the entire Mills River community. Just terrible what happened. Best to his family.

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  • 07-31-2017
    pryde1
    ^^^ Agreed. Just senseless and awful.