3 accused of aiding Stroupe during manhunt in Buncombe Co.

Jennifer Hawkins (left), Frederick Badgero (center), Larry Hawkins (right)
Jennifer Hawkins (left), Frederick Badgero (center), Larry Hawkins (right) (From: Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Office)

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (WSPA) – The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people accused of assisting a manhunt suspect in North Carolina.

Jennifer Elaine Hawkins, 40, Frederick Aurther Badgero Jr., 45, and Larry Jay Hawkins III, 23, are charged with felony harboring escapee.

Deputies say the three helped Phillip Michael Stroupe II evade law enforcement.

Jennifer Hawkins and Frederick Badgero were arrested Friday and have been released on bond. Larry Hawkins was arrested Saturday afternoon.

Stroupe was captured Thursday morning in McDowell County after a six-day manhunt. At the time he was apprehended, authorities say Stroupe was driving the truck of Thomas “Tommy” Bryson. The Mills River man had been reported missing just the day before.

Henderson County authorities announced Sunday night that Bryson’s body had been found.

Stroupe is facing numerous charges in McDowell, Henderson, Buncombe, Yancey, and Transylvania counties.