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Father of manhunt subject pleads for his son to turn himself in

As the manhunt continues for Phillip Michael Stroupe II, his father, Phillip Stroupe, is pleading for his son to turn himself in. Phillip spent the last two days at an overlook just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. He said he needs to be close to the search in case law enforcement officers locate his son. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

As the manhunt continues for Phillip Michael Stroupe II, his father, Phillip Stroupe, is pleading for his son to turn himself in.

Phillip spent the last two days at an overlook just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. He said he needs to be close to the search in case law enforcement officers locate his son.

"I cannot sit and procrastinate. I've got to be here," Phillip said.

Police confirmed two sightings of Stroupe in the Pisgah National Forest. His father said although his son has a length criminal past, he is not a danger to the public.

"He don't look good because of all the tattoos, but I really don't think he's a danger to the public. He has had opportunities to be violent, and he hasn't been," Phillip said.

Stroupe II spent over 15 years in prison for multiple armed robbery charges. Mostly recently, he was charged in Yancey County with misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen goods, identity theft and fleeing and eluding.

"He's probably at this time, the same as every officer down there, very stressed and he's probably tired, cold and hungry," Phillip said.

Phillip said his worst fear is that the search will have a deadly ending. He is hoping to assist in a peaceful negotiation.

"That's my blood down there. I am worried, very worried," the father said.

He had this message for his son: "His family loves him, and it's not too late to give up and move on."

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