Missing man believed to have been kidnapped by Stroupe, Henderson Co. deputies say

Thomas Bryson
Thomas Bryson

HENDERSON CO., NC (WSPA) – The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office says Thomas Bryson is believed to have been kidnapped by wanted man Phillip Stroupe II.

Deputies say Bryson was driving a silver Honda Ridgeline with plate number AAR-7345. The vehicle has a West Henderson Falcons tag on the front and a West Henderson magnet on the back.

Thomas A. Bryson
Thomas A. Bryson

Bryson left his home in the South Mills River Road area just after 8:30 am on Wednesday.

Phillip Michael Stroupe, II is accused of kidnapping, robbery, and other crimes.

Officials in Transylvania and Henderson Counties have been searching for Stroupe since Saturday.

Stroupe is 38-years-old, approximately 5’8”-5’10” tall, with a small build; he has a shaved head and a large, distinct tattoo on his neck just under his chin as well as tattoos on his arms and chest. Stroupe is considered armed and dangerous.

Phillip Michael Stroupe II
Phillip Michael Stroupe II

Stroupe’s vehicle was spotted in Pisgah National Forest, Saturday morning.

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect fled a traffic stop and after a chase, held a person at gunpoint and stole a mountain bike before fleeing into the woods on the stolen bike.

Bryson is 5’9″ tall and weighs 175 pounds with a gray mustache and gray hair.

Bryson was last seen wearing a plaid, dark-colored shirt, dark brown cargo shorts, tennis shoes.

Anyone with information on Bryson’s location is asked to call the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828-697-4911.

Deputies are also seeking information from the drivers or passengers of two vehicles.

The two vehicles include a small, black, four-door sedan and a gray/silver, full-sized truck.

These vehicles were traveling on South Mills River Road at about 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

The drivers and/or passengers in the vehicles may have information that could help in the investigation.

If you were an occupant or know who the occupants were, you are asked to call Detective Ricky Woodard at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.

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