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Pisgah Manhunt

A manhunt is underway for an armed suspect in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest

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The search continues Monday for an armed suspect in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County, N.C., our affiliate WLOS reports.

Phillip Stroupe, II has been on the run since Saturday morning.

Overnight, authorities kept their perimeter but scaled back their search as darkness and the terrain present a greater danger to deputies and other searchers.

Authorities say Stroupe is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office says he led a deputy on a car chase before stealing a man's mountain bike at gunpoint.

Since then, authorities say there have been two confirmed sightings of Stroupe.

Investigators say they also heard a gunshot in the distance during their search.

Sunday, people camping in the Pisgah National Forest were told to leave as parts of the forest and roads were shut down.

Phillip Michael Stroupe II is still at large. Stroupe is considered armed and dangerous.

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Just last month, Stroupe was accused of committing an armed robbery in Weaverville, and faced charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

Authorities say Stroupe ran into a Buncombe County deputy's vehicle with the vehicle he was driving. Authorities also accused Stroupe of possessing a stolen 2009 Honda Civic.

Stroupe has outstanding warrants in Buncombe County for kidnapping and also has pending charges in Yancey County.

Authorities have been telling visitors to stay away from the forest. An area of the forest extending between Asheville and the South Carolina border was closed Sunday.

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